Haiti -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1
A child is pictured outside of a house made of sticks and woven plant materials, a common construction style in rural Haiti. Nine or more people live in the small structure which is located in the immediate area of Village Bercy, a large new Habitat development in the town of Cabaret.
Residents of Village Bercy, a large new HFH development in the town of Cabaret, Haiti.
Habitat for Humanity began its efforts to reduce poverty housing in Haiti in Avril 1982 with work in one community.
Now Habitat Haiti is working in 6 regions of the country and has reached 14 communities.
Habitat for Humanity Haiti was created with the objective to eliminate poverty housing and to provide a decent and affordable house to each family in needs.
Habitat for Humanity Haiti has provided 1,200 housing solutions, helping 6,000 families/people attain a decent place to live.
Our national program constructs houses from concrete, with an area of 49m2 The average cost is U$S 5,000, with monthly payments of US Dollar Amount.
We also authorize loans of up to U$S 3,500 for renovations and expansions for five year terms.
According to statistics from IHSI 2005, Haiti has a housing deficit of approximately one million homes. It is estimated that 700k people live in substandard conditions and that 300k people are homeless.
The regions in the most dire need of housing include Artibonite, Grande Anse, Plateau Central, Jacmel.
Economy: industry includes sugar refining, flour milling, textiles, cement, tourism, light assembly using imported parts
Literacy: 55 percent
Religion: predominantly Christian; others 12.7 percent; Voodoo widely practiced
Languages: French, Haitian and Creole