Ronan O'Gara's Haiti Diary

Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Former Irish International Rugby player Ronan O'Gara recently traveled to Haiti with Haven to see our projects on the ground in Haiti. Ronan has been a long term supporter of Haven and wrote this account of his trip.

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David and Katy's Blog- Saying Goodbye

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tomorrow morning we leave Haiti, having called Ile a Vache home for the last 6 months. We've been asked repeatedly this week if we are going to miss the place

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Dermot's Blog

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The change in the island is shocking since we first came here four years ago, and it's not the good kind of change. When we came first there was only one motorbike on Île a Vache which was the local policeman's.

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Ide's Blog

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bonjour from Ile a Vache. My journey started in Dublin at 4am on Friday last. We arrived in Ile a Vache at 1am Irish time on Sunday having travelled by plane, bus and boat!

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David and Katy's Blog- Island Life

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015

After the Christmas break we returned to Haiti raring to go. After a taste of life here in December, we now had 3 months ahead of us and a strong determination to get stuck in.

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David and Katy's Blog- Getting Ready for Christmas

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014

The last few weeks on Ile a Vache have flown by. This week we had our first rain storm and witnessed the impact this has on the mud roads and motos of the island. The Orphanage had a visit from Papa Noel (I'm not convinced about his Creole!), we took a long walk along the coast from Madame Bernard to Port Morgan and we had pride of place at Ile a Vache's very own X-Factor competition......oh, and we did a little work along the way too!

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David and Katy's Blog- Life on Ile a Vache

Posted on Monday, December 08, 2014

After two weeks on Ile a Vache, it feels like the biggest lesson we have learnt so far is the flexible nature of time. Scheduled appointments happen when you least expect them, or not at all. But then there is always someone else who is happy to talk with you and discuss what we are doing, and who knows where that could lead? And the time is flying by. The kids in the school are writing their Christmas party invitations, and it seems like the plans for the orphanage Christmas party next weekend are in full flow, with Santa even making a quick visit to the house in Ile a Vache.

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David and Katy's Blog- Orientation week in Haiti.

Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2014

Dave and I left Birmingham for 4 months working with Haven in Haiti, with mixed expectations - about the country, the work we would be doing and how we would be received by the people there. We had done our best to prepare but we knew there were a lot of things that we could not discover or learn until we moved into the community of Madame Bernard on Ile a Vache.

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Sarah's Blog- A Sad Farewell

Posted on Monday, September 08, 2014

It’s hard to put into words how incredible and life changing the past 5 months have been. I still find it surreal that I lived and worked in Haiti for a whole five months. Working for Haven opened my eyes to a completely new world. For a relatively small NGO, Haven have made a substantial impact on the lives of so many people all over Haiti.

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Sarah's Blog- Project Update

Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2014

It’s been another busy month for Haven here in Haiti with several ongoing projects around the country, things certainly don’t slow down here for the summer!

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Sarah's Blog- Ile a Vache

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014

The last few weeks have been very busy ones here in Haiti. One of the big developments in recent weeks has been the collaboration between the Haitian Tourism Minister, Haven and Soul of Haiti. Last week Haven Country Director John Moore and Soul of Haiti Country Director Damien Meaney met with the Haitian Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin, Mayor of Île-à-Vache Fritz Cezar and Director for the Southern Region Karine Conde to discuss the contribution of both organisations to the community on Île-à-Vache.

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Sarah's Blog- The Sewing Women in Gonaïves

Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014

Last week myself, John (Country Director) and Farrah (Community Development Manager) from the Port-au-Prince field office made the long trip to Gonaives to visit one of Haven’s livelihoods programmes. The 4 hour journey was an eye opener for me.

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Sarah's Blog- My First Month in Haiti

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Haven's Programme Support Intern, Sarah Wrixon gives us an insight into her time in Haiti.

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James' Blog- Day six – Au Revoir Moi Blanc.

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014

Last day on site and all the projects are now completed...

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James' Blog- Day Five- Let there be light…

Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2014

It is now day five and the projects are really starting to take shape. The scaffolding in the church has been taken down and the path was finish today. The Solar Light Team who yesterday had fixed the backup generation are today erecting the three lights. The Well Team are also opening at a phenomenal rate as is Painting Team.

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James' Blog- Day Four – Not Just Building

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

As the work continues on the projects, building and repairing are only the start. The church projects which developed during the week are unique as they are for a special event that means so much to this small community...

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James' Blog- Day Three – Progress...

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It is another 6am morning and boats to work for the Haven Volunteers. Second day on site is always a great day in any volunteer program. It is when everyone knows their role and the projects start to take shape......

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James' Blog – Day Two – When It Rains...

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014

Not a drizzle or even a shower but a torrential down pour. But not people that let small issues like Ireland’s monthly rainfall falling in under an hour stop us, we boarded our boats and headed to madam Bernard’s covered in with tarpaulins’...

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James' Blog- Day One – Respect

Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Haven Volunteer Program is about building bridges, helping communities develop and fostering relationships between Haven and the Haitian community we have travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to help...

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Lisa's Blog

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We have been privileged to have had Lisa Kennedy from Our Lady’s School in Terneure interning with us in the Haven Dublin office every Tuesday since September. Lisa undertook the internship was part of her 4th Year work placement programme. Lisa was a valued member of the team during her time with Haven and helped to organising Carols for Haiti which took place in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre at the start of December.

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Île à Vache Update

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013

Since the May trip life has been ticking away on the small island. The Haven volunteers left a lasting impression and the local people are still telling stories of the friendships that were made that week.

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Note from Alice O'Regan, Ile á Vache May 2013 Volunteer Coordinator

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.

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Jonathan's Story: Day 6

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.

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Jonathan's Story: Day 5

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.

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Jonathan's Story: Day 4

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Today was another great work day. We suffered several injuries but nothing serious.

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GUEST BLOG: Hugh Murnaghan (Haven Volunteer)

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....

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Jonathan's Story: Day 3

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.

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Jonathan's Story: Day 2

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.

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Jonathan's Story: Day 1

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

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Interview with Alice O'Regan

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Alice O'Regan, Haven's Volunteer Coordinator answers questions about Haven's Volunteer Programme

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GUEST BLOG: Mark Keogh (Haven Volunteer)

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..

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Ciamhie's Story - Hugs, Sweat and Tears, plenty of tears!

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.

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Ciamhie's Story - Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

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"

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Ciamhie's Story: Hurricane Clips and Mama Haiti

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!

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GUEST BLOG: James Codd (Haven Volunteer)

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....

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Ciamhie's Story: And We've Arrived...

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.

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Ciamhie's Story: 2 days to go

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!

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Welcome to Haven's new blog

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012

This blog will allow us the opportunity to keep you up to date with all things Haven!

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