Return To Haiti Fundraising Walk

Local Man Padraig Cleary of the Mill Road Thurles, shall return to Haiti with Haven on 24rd November 2012 as part of a 90 strong volunteer force to assist in the FINAL BUILD IT WEEK.

Local Man Padraig Cleary of the Mill Road Thurles, shall return to Haiti with Haven on 24rd November 2012 as part of a 90 strong volunteer force to assist in the FINAL BUILD IT WEEK.

This year Haven shall partner with Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project with the intention of building at least 100 homes, a playground, and a community centre within a week for the local community.

As always times are tough on the ground in Haiti and Haven continues to devote all there efforts to providing shelter, water and sanitation solutions, and training vulnerable families throughout Haiti. Last April after some months delay we got to Gonaives in Haiti after the Cholera outbreak hauled our trip for a few months the previous year. The weeklong trip this November will see volunteers travelling to Léogâne which lies 28km south west from Port-au-Prince and considered to be the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake

As part of his fundraising Padraig must collect a minimum of 4,500eur before he can travel as a volunteer to cover transport, accommodation (tents on site), food and the cost of materials for one house.

Padraig is holding a Fundraising walk this Sunday October 7th leaving from PJ Ryan’s Pub, Rosmult, Upperchurch at 12noon. A choice of 4, 6 or 8km walks. There is no cost for the walk but donations will be greatly appreciated. Refreshments provided in Ryan’s Pub afterwards. All are welcome.

Padraig would like to thank all the people to date who have already offered a contribution to his campaign. I know times are tough here in Ireland and I appreciate that we are all counting the pennies but am grateful if you would support this walk and spread the word.

If you wish to help Padraig and his fundraising team in any way he’d love to hear from you. He can be contacted on 087 9240814. Alternatively you may contact Haven direct on 01 433 3930 or at www. haven

Haven is an Irish Non Government Organisation working solely in Haiti since February 2009. Originally launched as a house and community building charity working in rural areas, Haven has been providing emergency relief to those displaced by the earthquake, which hit Port au Prince on 12th January, 2010

Leslie and Carmel Buckley founded Haven in late 2008. As a successful businessman and co-founder of the Digicel mobile phone company, Leslie’s business interests brought him to Haiti for the first time in 2004. He was horrified by the level of poverty that he saw. He decided to do something to help and set up Haven with an initial donation of one million euro. Haven is house and community building charity, working solely in Haiti, since the first sod was turned in 2009. By training, up-skilling and employing local Haitian people throughout the year, Haven is creating jobs in a country where unemployment stands at approximately 80% and opportunities are few. Twice a year Haven’s Haitian workforce is joined on site by a team of volunteers who take part in an intensive Build it Week. While in Haiti, volunteers live and work on the building site in extremely basic conditions. Since the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010, Haven has been working in the capital, Port au Prince, providing emergency relief to those most affected by the disaster.

Hurricane Isaac passed over Haiti on Friday, August 24th, reaching it’s peak at 3am that morning. The onslaught of the hurricane, which eventually passed over as a tropical storm, was all the worse due to the impact on over 370,000 people still living in makeshift accomodation since the earthquake of January 2010.

As Tropical Storm Isaac continued to impact on Haiti, long after he’d left with flooding and landslides the IOM has given official figures of 12,000 households being displaced.

This represents nearly 50,000 people who have lost their homes and are in desperate need of rehousing. Haven will be working with organisations on the ground to provide vital services and shelterOn January 12, 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 hit Haiti’s capital of Port au Prince. According to the Haiti government 230,000 people were killed, and a further 1.3 million people were left homeless. 1.1 million of these people are being hosted in 651 spontaneous settlements across Port au Prince. Haven has been working as part of the Water and Sanitation cluster, and the Shelter cluster, providing hygienic sanitation facilities in the form of trench like latrines, and protection from the elements through the distribution of thousands of heavy tarpaulins, to those living under sheets and pieces of cardboard, and the construction of Community Shelters in 15 campsites. Haiti is part of the island of Hispaniola and shares a border with the Dominican Republic. It is about one third the size of Ireland (10,714 square miles) but has a population of 9 million. Haiti is in the Caribbean and only 60 miles from Cuba and 90 minutes by air from Miami.

Haiti is the only country in the world where a slave population successfully rebelled against their colonisers, the French, and won its independence in 1804. However, the country was crippled by debt as the French demanded payment of 150 million francs in 1825 for loss of the slave colony - that’s the equivalent today of 21 billion US Dollars. It took more than a century for the country to pay off this massive debt. The capital of Haiti is Port au Prince. French and Creole are the languages spoken, but mainly the latter. The gourde is the currency, but US dollars are widely accepted. 80% of the population are Catholics and voodoo is widely practiced by all. Haiti is a deeply impoverished country - the poorest in the western hemisphere. It is 148 on the UN’s Human Development Index, a measure of the country’s standard of living. Sudan and Bangladesh have a higher HDI than Haiti. More than 75% of the population live below the official poverty line of 2 Dollars a day, and more than half live on less than 1 Dollar. Almost half the population is illiterate. Unemployment stands at 54%. Only 28% of people have access to basic health care. One in twelve Haitian children die before their 5th birthday and a child dies there every hour from malnutrition. 40% of families do not have enough to eat.