Sophie’s Story | “You wouldn’t believe the challenges that many of the people here face”

Sophie O’Sullivan arrived in Haiti two weeks ago to begin a three-month internship with us as part of her studies.  It’s been an eventful introduction to the country for her, and, here, she gives us an insight into just some of what she’s...
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Close to forty volunteers head for Haiti for our 2017 Volunteer Programme

It’s an exciting week for us here in Haven as almost forty volunteers from Ireland and abroad get set to head off on our eleventh annual volunteer trip. Our 2017 Volunteer Programme sees the group travel to the small town of Carrefour Dufont, located...
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Watch what some of Ireland’s most famous rugby faces have to say about Paul O’Connell

Irish rugby hero and Haven Ambassador, Paul O’Connell, received the Outstanding Contribution to Irish Rugby Award at our Rugby Lunch 2017. We asked his former team-mates, coaches and fans to give us their insights into one of the greatest second...
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December 2016 Newsletter | Reflecting on a challenging year for the people of Haiti

Don’t miss our December 2016 newsletter, where we reflect on a challenging year for the people of Haiti. When Hurricane Matthew struck in early October, many communities in Haiti were ravaged by its 230km/h winds and torrential rains.  Hundreds...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “You can do a pilgrimage of the soul with the people here”

Our Programmes Manager Ailish O’Reilly describes her visits to a host of local people on the island of Île à Vache, Haiti to ensure that recovery is reaching everyone in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.   November 2 We leave earlier this morning,...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “A most joyful, wonderful, smile-laden visit!”

In April 2016, Haven volunteers raised money to support an Outreach Programme for children and people with disabilities living on the island of Île à Vache in Haiti.  While the Hurricane Matthew recovery house visits are underway, our Programmes Manager...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “The ending is not yet written”

Ailish O’Reilly, our Programmes Manager in Haiti, keeps us up to date on the emergency and recovery efforts going on in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. SUNDAY | DAY TWENTY-ONE On Sunday morning, I hit the road for Grande Plaine.  I want to visit...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “We keep looking up and moving forward”

Haven’s team in Haiti is moving from emergency relief efforts to recovery in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.  Here, our Programmes Manager Ailish O’Reilly brings us through the beginning stages of this process. SATURDAY | DAY TWENTY Saturday...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “It’s the day of the deluge”

Extremely heavy rainfall on the island of Île à Vache marks another setback for its people in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.  Here, Ailish O’Reilly, our Programmes Manager on the ground, tells us exactly what’s going on. FRIDAY | DAY NINETEEN ...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “The risk of a cholera outbreak goes up”

The impact of Hurricane Matthew devastated communities in south Haiti. Ailish O’Reilly, our Programmes Manager on the ground, shares how essential emergency relief efforts are being rolled out. THURSDAY | DAY EIGHTEEN It has rained steadily for...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “We have a new normal routine by now”

Life on Haiti’s small island of Île à Vache has changed since Hurricane Matthew hit: here, our Programmes Manager Ailish O’Reilly tells us of what’s happening on the ground. WEDNESDAY | DAY SEVENTEEN We have a new normal routine by...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “Let me remind you that the year is 2016”

Ailish O’Reilly, our Programmes Manager in Haiti, shares the latest updates from the emergency response on the ground in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. TUESDAY | DAY SIXTEEN Sleep has become the priority.  After a nine hour stretch on Monday night,...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “Body, bones and mind are tired”

Ailish O’Reilly, our Programmes Manager in Haiti, shares the latest updates from the emergency response on the ground in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. SUNDAY | DAY FOURTEEN A non event.  We got up early, intending to go hiking, but are all secretly...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “The word ‘apocalypse’ comes to mind”

Our Programmes Manager Ailish O’Reilly was on the island of Île à Vache when Hurricane Matthew struck.  In her powerful series of blogs, she shares her experience of the emergency response. SATURDAY | DAY THIRTEEN Saturday we are up and out at 7:30AM:...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “The stress of disaster knits us closely together”

Our Programmes Manager Ailish O’Reilly was on the island of Île à Vache when Hurricane Matthew struck.  In her powerful series of blogs, she shares her experience of the emergency response. FRIDAY | DAY TWELVE Friday morning, and waiting for...
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Hurricane Matthew Update | “Head down, stay going….”

Our Programmes Manager in Haiti, Ailish O’Reilly, gives a powerful insight into our emergency response on the ground in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in this series of blogs. THURSDAY | DAY ELEVEN It is Thursday already again.  I wake briefly at around...
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