Haven Volunteers with Directly with Community of Ile á Vache
Haven Volunteers from Ireland and America are currently in Haiti working with the community of Madam Bernards on the small island of Ile á Vache, south of the Haitian mainland. For daily accounts of the work that the volunteers are doing on the island click here.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project Pictures
The photographs from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project are now live. They can be viewed on the Haven Facebook page or on the Haven Flickr page. Please follow the links below.
Haven Volunteers Return from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, November 2012
Haven volunteers have returned to Ireland after spending the last week working with Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Léogâne, Haiti. Léogâne was the epicentre of the 2010 earthquake and it was reported that the damage in the area was even more extensive than that in Port au Prince. Over 80% of the buildings in Léogâne were destroyed as a result of the January 2010 earthquake.
96 Haven volunteers with over 500 American and Canadian volunteers built 100 houses in the short week. Battling with extreme temperatures and exhaustion the volunteers pulled through and completed the houses with precision and commitment.
Haven are extremely proud of the all the volunteers who travelled to Haiti with us and would like to also extend out thanks to all those who helped the volunteers fundraise to travel to Haiti to make such an impact on the lives of the people of Léogâne.
Thank you to all involved.
From, The Haven Team
Paul O'Connell Becomes New Haven Ambassador
At this year's Annual Rugby Luncheon, Founder and Chairman of Haven Leslie Buckley, was delighted to announce that Paul O'Connell was to come on board as Haven's new Ambassador. Paul will assist Haven in raising awareness of Haiti and the ongoing work in the ravaged country. Also at the event were Conor O'Shea who was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution to Rugby Award and George Hook.
Build It Week November 2012
Haven is looking to recruit 90 volunteers to travel to Haiti this November for its final Build It Week. Volunteers will be returning to Leogane where Haven previously completed over 50 houses, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Wrok Project. Volunteers are required to raise €4,500 and be medically fit to participate. For more information please contact email@example.com or click here.
Tall Ships, Dublin, August 23rd - 26th
If you are planning to visit the Tall Ships Festival in Dublin later this month, make sure to look for Haven who will have a stand along the quays where you can buy a super jigsaw of the Ships. All proceeds go to charity, 50% to Haven.
In response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, which has left at least 71 people dead in the Caribbean including 54 in Haiti, Leslie Buckley, the Chairman and Founder of Haven, has said:
“Haven has a dedicated team on-the-ground in Haiti who are on hand to assist in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. We can confirm that Haven’s personnel are currently safe and are awaiting confirmation that the thousands of citizens of Haiti, housed in the homes that have been constructed by Haven’s volunteers, have not been impacted in terms of loss of life or injury arising out of the tragic course of the hurricane."
Isaac Passes Over Haiti
Further turmoil was created in Haiti with the arrival of Hurricane Isaac on Friday night, August 24th, reaching its peak at approximately 3am. For more information on the impact in Haiti please click here.
Final Build It Week Announced
Haven has announced that the final Build It Week will take place this November, departing on Friday 23rd and returning on Sunday, December 2nd. To date Haven has brought over 1,200 volunteers to Haiti to help build homes but as part of it's long-term strategic plan, Haven will not longer be bringing volunteers to Haiti to partake in this, and is focusing long-term on training, water & sanitation and shelter. For more information on the final Build It Week, please click here.
Adult Literacy Programme
An adult literacy programme, with the support of Haven volunteers and the Haitian Ministry of Education, recently commenced in Gonaïves. The programme provides basic literacy training for approximately 100 adults in the community. Read Elve's Story here, who is a student on the programme.
New Community School Opens
The community of Gonaïves is going from strength to strength. Thanks to the hard work of Haven’s Community Development Team, and the Haitian Ministry of Education, a new community school opened its doors in November. Local children can now be educated in their own community as opposed to walking for a number of hours on a daily basis to reach what was previousy the closest school. Read Demezier's Story here, who is a student in the school.
US Volunteers to Join BIW
We are looking for volunteers from the US to join our Build It Week this November and work alongside the Irish volunteers and local beneficiaries. The trip departs on November 23rd. For more information on travelling from the US, please click here.