A Peak into our History
Established in 2008
Haven was established by Irish businessman, Leslie Buckley, and his wife, Carmel. Having frequently travelled to Haiti on business since 2004, they decided to establish Haven after witnessing the poverty and many other challenges facing its people.
Organised first Build It Week in Ouanaminthe
Haven brought 273 Volunteers to Ouanaminthe on the first ever Build it Week, building 100 homes in one week for the local people.
Responded to earthquake
A devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on 12 January 2010, killing 217,000 people and leaving 2.1 million homeless. In its aftermath, Haven quickly began providing emergency relief focusing on sanitation and shelter in camps.
Began working with the community of Gonaïves
In 2010, Haven began a hugely successful community development programme in Gonaïves. Read more about this programme here.
Opened Haven US office
Expanding its operations and widening its base, Haven opened a United States (US) office in New York 2011. Haven US actively fundraises and recruits volunteers in America for programmes in Haiti. Read more about Haven US here.
Hosted first Haiti Week in Dublin
Launched by President Bill Clinton and attended by Haitian President Michael Martelly in 2012, Haiti Week has become an annual fundraising event for Haven in Ireland, raising well over €1 million for Haven’s work in Haiti. Read more about Haiti Week here.
Ran first Volunteer Programme
Moving on from the enormously successful Build It Weeks, Haven held its first newly reformed Volunteer Programme in 2012, bringing over 30 volunteers to work on sustainable development projects in Haiti, this time focusing on the island of Île à Vache. Sign up to volunteer with Haven here.
Began Île à Vache Upgrading Programme
One of Haven’s most ambitious projects began in 2014, with a promise to upgrade and repair over 2,000 homes on the island of Île à Vache by the end of December 2015. Happily, this goal was reached: find out more here.
Took over Soul of Haiti
Haven assumed the management and administration of Soul of Haiti – another Irish non-profit working to empower the people of Haiti – on 1 January 2016, strengthening impact on the ground. Read more about the work of Soul of Haiti and Haven here.