Haven is an Irish NGO working to build sustainable communities in Haiti.
Haven is working solely in Haiti to facilitate the provision of adequate water & sanitation, shelter and training and education solutions for vulnerable Haitians. Haven works in partnership with project participants and the Government of Haiti and includes community development at the core of all its work.
Launched in January 2009, Haven quickly moved from a house building charity to one providing emergency relief in the aftermath of the earthquake that took place in Haiti one year after its launch. This catastrophic event has shaped the Haven that exists today and the ongoing turmoil experienced by Haiti encourages Haven to regularly review activities, continually ensuring all efforts are focused and ultimately benefit the most vulnerable in Haiti.
Haven currently employs expatriate and local staff members who are based across Haiti on a full time basis.
To date, Haven has also brought over 1,400 Irish volunteers to Haiti to assist with the building of houses through their Build It Week programme.
In 2011, Haven opened an office in the US. See Haven US for more.
Water and Sanitation
During the earthquake emergency response in January 2010, Haven became the second largest provider of latrines in camps in Port-au-Prince, directly impacting 88,000 people. In each of these camps Haven’s Community Development Workers and Hygiene Promotion Team delivered workshops on hygiene standards. Hygiene kits containing basic cleaning materials were also distributed in these camps. The Hygiene Team also trained 86 Community Mobilisers to motivate the community within the camps to maintain the facilities provided.
To date Haven has constructed, repaired and upgraded 2329 houses and shelters. Haven is seeking to engage more in construction training in Haiti in order to build the capacity of the Haitian workforce.
Training and Education
To date Haven has trained nearly 63,500 people in Hygiene Promotion and 733 in Construction. Workshops have been held in many areas including Gender, Domestic Violence and Self- Esteem, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Democracy, Leadership and Conflict Resolution. These workshops trained nearly 3,000 people.