Posted on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Thank you to all our volunteers who joined us for a memorable week in Ile a Vache. The work done in the community of Madam Bernard’s exceeded all expectations. It was an amazing week and I feel that all our Irish and US volunteers really got to know the people of Ile a Vache throughout the week.
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013
I met Dou Dou this morning, captain of the local football team that goes by the name of Galaxie. We gave him a set of jerseys from St Jude’s GAA club in Templeogue, Dublin. The whole team togged out for a photo.
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013
Spent the morning shoveling gravel in the orphanage. We are trying to make all areas in the compound wheelchair accessible.
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Today was another great work day. We suffered several injuries but nothing serious.
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
It’s Monday, the sun was splitting the stones and I cannot get a “99” for love nor money....
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
We awoke at 5am to a tropical storm. I have never heard anything like it. Spectacular and frightening and absolutely fabulous.
Posted on Monday, May 27, 2013
Today was a day of digging, trenches, playgrounds and a new path. By 10.30am the temperature had hit 30C and every worker looked out on their feet. Working with many enthusiastic locals means we are flying through the work.
Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2013
Landing in Port au Prince airport, and bussing through the capital, was an experience. The scene was somewhere between mayhem and organised chaos
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Alice O'Regan, Haven's Volunteer Coordinator answers questions about Haven's Volunteer Programme
Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
When I was asked to write a blog about my experience with Haven in Haiti, I initially said no as I don’t think anything I could write would accurately explain what my experience was like but in the end I thought I should try..
Posted on Friday, December 07, 2012
Hard to believe that this time last week we were standing in 40 degree heat, probably covered in splatters of paint with an abundance of freckles and sunburn with sweat dripping of us, fighting tears and tiredness! But without a moments thought, I'd go back in the morning and I think all my fellow volunteers would say the same! What a rollercoaster of a week! I don't think I've ever cried so much but also, I don't think I've ever laughed so much! The comraderie and banter onsite as life long friendships were made brought much needed relief from the despair and heartbreak we witnessed in every step we took in Haiti.
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012
We have had the most amazing time with the children this week. From across the fence, they call our names with big smiles giving us the thumbs up and high-fives! We have thought the children the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
What a crazy 3 days it's been! We arrived on site on Sunday morning ready to get stuck in and ready to work! We were introduced to our team (or family!) for the week made up of 3 Haven volunteers and 8 Habitat for Humanity volunteers, 2 of which are also Irish. We got our instructions and off we went!
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
For most the above title will not invoke any emotional response and I have to admit that just over 27 months ago I was oblivious too....
Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012
What an interesting two days it's been! We arrived at Dublin Airport at 8am Friday morning a bag of nerves and excitement! Recognising some familiar faces from last year's trip but delighted to see many new additions. Haven ambassador Paul O'Connel added to the excitement by greeting us all in the departure lounge and wishing us luck, joined by Haven veteran George Hook. With all our photos taken (You know everyone wanted their photo taken with the two Irish Legends!) we headed off through security and US customs on our first leg of our two day travel to reach our destination. First stop - New York where we would spend a few quick hours and grab some much needed rest before our second leg from JFK to Port Au Prince, Haiti.
Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012
2 days to go... Just a little taster from my Build it Week trip in 2011! We hope to keep you updated on a daily basis from Haiti next week so please stay tuned..... only 2 days left before we go!
Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012
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