Your Donations Helped Build a House in Haiti for the Most Needy
In rural Haiti, housing for the poor is shockingly inadequate. Large families live together in small, rickety shacks of cardboard, tin, rags, and straw with dirt floors. Rats and insects are impossible to keep out, and the straw roofs leak constantly or are blown away by even the mildest rainstorm. Space is so sparse that people often sleep in shifts. Of course the 2010 Haiti earthquake only made matters worse.
Our partners at the Haitian Health Foundation have been providing clean, healthy housing for those in need in rural southern Haiti since 1997—strong housing that can survive storms, provide dignity to a family through humane living conditions, improved sanitation, cement floors, and much more.
As a result of your generous donations, the Haitian Health Foundation was able to provide such a house to the family pictured above. The childrens’ father died in 2008, and the mother has struggled to raise her nine children with no regular income. Work comes and goes but is too sporadic to cover anything but the food they need to survive. Before moving into their new house (before and after shots pictured above), this family of 10 was living in a relative’s hut with a thatched roof and dirt floor—a hut so flimsy that the mother would drop to her knees and pray each time it stormed to keep her family free from harm.
By providing safe, humane housing to the most needy of Haiti, you are helping communities grow by improving sanitation, employing local tradesmen and laborers, benefiting the local economy through the sale of building materials, and embracing the poor as part of society.
Your donations already provided housing for this grateful family of 10. Let’s keep the momentum going, and see how many families in need we can house! Click here to provide humane housing to Haitian families in need.
by Jim Kober, January 2, 2017