Our CEO and chief Declan Murphy leaves Ireland today as part of the Volunteer In Haiti, Build it Week NOVEMBER 2012.
Declan departs along with 200-300 other volunteers to complete a week of House Building in one of the areas hit worst by the 2010 earthquake.
In November 2011, 300 volunteers from Haven travelled to Haiti and built 53 permanent houses in the Santo community on the outskirts of Léogâne which lies 28km south west from Port-au-Prince and considered to be the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake.
In 2012, Haven will return to Léogâne , Haiti in partnership with Habitat for Humanity & the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
Haven is an Irish non governmental, non political, non religious organisation working to build sustainable communities, through the provision of housing, and emergency relief and by implementing community development programmes in Haiti.
The organisation was founded in late 2008 and launched in 2009 by Leslie Buckley and his wife Carmel. Leslie’s business interests brought him to Haiti for the first time in 2004. Appalled by the conditions in which the people of Haiti were and are living in, he set up Haven.
By training, up-skilling and employing local Haitian people throughout the year, Haven is creating jobs and encouraging local trade and industry. Schools, playgrounds, and community buildings are key elements of Haven’s community building projects.
Since the earthquake hit Haiti’s capital city, Port au Prince, on January 12th, 2010, Haven has been working in affected areas providing emergency relief to those most in need.
Training is a key element of Haven’s programmes, and critical to its success. To date Haven has trained over 3,000 Haitians in construction, agriculture, hygiene promotion, water and sanitation and solar power installation and maintenance.
Haven currently employs expatriate and local staff members who are based across Haiti, in Port au Prince, Gonaives, and Ouanaminthe on a full time basis.
To date, Haven has also brought over 1,300 Irish volunteers to Haiti to assist with the building of houses through their Build It Week programme.
We look forward to getting declans daily blog updates to bring us closer to life in Haiti and what the work of the volunteers means to the local community.
Check back here regularly http://www.servisource.wpengine.com/blog for updates or
Check out our Twitter feed on https://twitter.com/Servisource where you can send declan a good luck tweet with @Servisource #declaninhaiti or
Our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/servisourcerecruitment
For more information on HavenHaiti check out http://havenpartnership.com or follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/havenhaiti or to mention and show your support @havenhaiti #havenhaiti