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Transforming Southern Haiti: Habitat for Humanity Haiti’s partnership with United Methodist Committee on Relief

In August 2021, a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southern region of Haiti, resulting in injuries to over 12,000 individuals and extensive damage to approximately 137,500 structures. In response to this crisis, Habitat for Humanity Haiti, in collaboration with our partner UMCOR, took initiative to assist the affected survivors by providing earthquake relief with sturdy, disaster-resilient homes to the most vulnerable families.

After implementing a transparent selection process, 18 families were nominated by the local community and subsequently identified as recipients for new housing units. These families, many of whom had lost their homes or sources of income during the catastrophic event, were residing in inadequate makeshift shelters constructed from materials like sheet metal, wood planks, or latanier (similar to straw). These shelters were susceptible to leakage in rainy seasons and prone to collapse during hurricanes, a common occurrence in the hurricane and earthquake-prone southern regions of Haiti, requiring continuous rebuilding efforts and leaving families in a perpetual state of uncertainty.

Habitat for Humanity Haiti employed its established hurricane and earthquake resilient construction techniques to erect all 18 homes, ensuring durability and safety for the inhabitants. Moreover, seizing the opportunity, Habitat provided training to 120 new masons, equipping them with essential skills in proper construction practices. This not only empowered these individuals to contribute effectively to future housing projects but also fostered self-sufficiency within the community, aiding in long-term sustainability even beyond Habitat’s presence in the area.

Introducing Marceline: Empowered by Habitat’s Support

Meet Marceline, a resilient mother of 8 children, who tragically became widowed following the destructive earthquake of August 2021. Struggling with homelessness after being ousted from her own residence by her husband’s family, Marceline found refuge in a makeshift shelter constructed from sheet metal by her brother. However, the living conditions were far from adequate for her large family.

Thanks to the impactful collaboration between Habitat for Humanity and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief), Marceline’s story takes a positive turn. With their support, Marceline and her children now have a secure and stable place to call home, providing them with the safety and comfort they deserve. Your donations and contributions can continue to transform lives like Marceline’s, offering hope, security, and dignity to those in need.

Marceline in front of her old house

Marceline, her mother, and her 8 children in front of her new home

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