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Habitat for Humanity International CEO, Jonathan Reckford, visits Haiti’s earthquake-devastated neighborhoods

ATLANTA (Jan. 22, 2010) – Habitat for Humanity International chief executive officer Jonathan Reckford traveled to Port-au-Prince January 19–20 to meet with Habitat for Humanity Haiti staff and to tour some of the earthquake-ravaged neighborhoods in the capital city.

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Habitat for Humanity International CEO, Jonathan Reckford, meets with Habitat Haiti staff and tours neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince.

“This is the worst humanitarian disaster I’ve seen,” said Reckford. “Video and images cannot convey the devastation and suffering of the people of Haiti.”

Reckford met with Habitat for Humanity Haiti staff at their temporary office. While all 50 Habitat Haiti staff members survived last week’s earthquake; Habitat Haiti’s offices collapsed.

Habitat is offering a threefold response to the earthquake that includes clearing debris from home sites, providing Habitat recovery starter kits and repairing and rebuilding homes through a transitional housing method.

“We want to help families with shelter right away, while also thinking of longer term housing solutions,” said Reckford. “Our goal is to put families into safe, durable transitional shelters that can be used for long periods and improved upon over time.”

The transitional housing model involves small shelters that can be built quickly and provide permanent base structures that can be expanded over time. The shelters will meet humanitarian standards of adequate living space and provision of water and sanitation. The structures will also be designed with hurricane and earthquake-resistant features.

Donations are urgently needed for recovery and can be made at www.habitat.org and by calling 1-800-422-4828. Additionally, texting “Habitat” to 25383 makes a $10 donation to Habitat’s efforts in Haiti.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.