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Habitat for Humanity Haiti launches construction of 2,000 transitional shelters in Léogane

November 22, 2010




Building on a previous collaboration with the American Red Cross in Haiti, Habitat for Humanity Haiti recently began constructing 2,000 new transitional shelters (t-shelters) in Léogâne. This project is also generously supported by ArcelorMittal.

The community was one of the hardest hit by the January earthquake, and Hurricane Tomas flooded the remains of the town, forcing families who had already lost their homes in one disaster to flee another. With your support, Habitat is able to deliver shelter solutions to ensure families can rebuild from the earthquake and are protected from future disasters.

Natasha Aubry and her family (pictured below) were the first to receive one of the new t-shelters. Thanks to Habitat’s community engagement process, she was selected by her community to receive the t-shelter, which was built on her family’s land. Natasha is eight months pregnant and will welcome her new daughter to a safe and decent place to live.

Program highlights
From January of 2010 to date, Habitat for Humanity Haiti has:

  • Assembled and distributed, working with our partners, more than 21,000 emergency shelter kits.
  • Conducted 2,000 structural damage assessments.
  • Constructed nearly 1,000 transitional shelters.
  • Employed and trained more than 200 Haitians in rebuilding work.

Cholera outbreak and Hurricane Tomas
Cholera is a water-borne disease that spreads quickly in crowded and unsanitary living conditions like the tent cities where over a million earthquake survivors have been living since January.

Habitat for Humanity is committed to Haiti for the long-term—building back stronger and safer communities. Our goal is to serve 50,000 families impacted by the earthquake.

The recent cholera outbreak and Hurricane Tomas are yet more reminders that we need to help families move from camps into safe and decent housing. You are part of the solution by supporting Habitat’s work in Haiti.

To learn about the link between health and housing, read Habitat’s 3rd annual Shelter Report, “Housing and Health: Partners Against Poverty.”

In the photo, Natasha and her family standing in their new t-shelter last month with Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford (far left) and board chair Ken Klein (far right).