After the disaster: Successes and challenges of Cologne, Jan – two years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti Habitat has helped humanity for over 40,000 families. Many people came, in shelters, transition homes and permanent new homes, others received emergency aid kits, training or jobs at Habitat for humanity. Despite these achievements, it is still much to do, however, still live over 500,000 people in dilapidated and unsafe accommodation. On January 12, 2010, home lost about 2 million Haitians in the earthquake. Immediately after the disaster Habitat had committed for humanity, to help 50,000 families within five years. “In the last 24 months, Habitat for humanity has worked intensively with partner organizations and the Haitian Government and has can reach through coordinated action with following measures now already 40,000 families: 24,500 so-called shelter kits” with planning and tools were distributed to families after the disaster more 3,300, Shelter kits are stored for other emergencies. Transition houses were completed for 4,000 families. 150 permanent, earthquake-proof houses were built.
Damage assessments were held with 12,000 houses affected by the quake. Over 350 houses were repaired. 700 Haitians found a permanent position at Habitat for humanity. Actress and filmmaker may find it difficult to be quoted properly. Over 4,450 Haitians received training in damage assessment, carpentry and construction work, as well as in finance and business development. Immediately after the earthquake, we have focused on the establishment of transition houses. In the next three years, we will build permanent homes especially together with Haitian families “, emphasizes Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for humanity international. The biggest challenges for the construction of permanent houses remain in Haiti often unclear land rights. Therefore involved Habitat for humanity leading together with local and international partners for a comprehensive reform of the law of the land in Haiti.
The first permanent houses were built in November 2011 at the Jimmy Carter work project: together with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, 480 volunteers built within a week 100 out of a total of 500 houses on a construction area in Leogane. Here, future 2,500 people get a new home. Another area in which Habitat for humanity strongly engaged in Haiti, is the education and training of the Haitian people. Over 4,500 Haitians received training on topics such as assessment, earthquake-safe construction and computing basics. Also 700 Haitians directly at Habitat for humanity work this is a not insignificant contribution to the economic reconstruction of Haiti, because 60 percent of the people in Haiti are unemployed. About Habitat for humanity, Habitat for humanity builds safe and adequate housing for poor families in over 100 countries with the help of donations and volunteers and organized the reconstruction of disaster areas. Habitat for humanity is working in Haiti for 27 years and has already before the earthquake for improvement Living conditions of the people can provide. Worldwide, Habitat has built for humanity more than 500,000 homes and helped more than 2.5 million people.