About Haven

Haven is an Irish non-governmental organisation, strongly committed to empowering Haitians to build strong and sustainable livelihoods.

We work solely in Haiti, focusing on three core development areas: water and sanitation, training and education, and shelter.  Our long-term, sustainable development programmes and training courses promote improved health, create employment and enterprise, strengthen education, and eradicate poverty.

Established in 2008 and launched in 2009, we quickly moved from a house-building charity to one providing emergency relief in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake which struck in January 2010.  As recovery efforts began to take hold, we moved to a sustainable community development strategy which centres on building a secure, independent future for Haiti’s people.

While Hurricane Matthew drew another devastating blow in October 2016, now, we are looking to the future once again.  Our vision is to build thriving communities which prosper independently: every day, we are moving closer to making that the reality.


Haven is a signatory of the Dóchas Code on Images and Messaging, the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising from the Public, and the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for Volunteer-Sending Agencies: find out more about our Codes of Conduct.

Haven is a triple-lock member of the Charities Institute Ireland, reflecting its compliance to the expectation of all stakeholders.