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CWR Partners with Habitat to Build Shelters in Haiti

LEOGANE, HAITI (October 4, 2011) – After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, millions of Haitians were left without homes. The problem of homelessness was further exacerbated by the unfulfilled need for clean water and proper sanitation, leading to even more disease and death.

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the Covenant World Relief shelter project will provide upgradable shelters for 450 families affected by the earthquake. Training Haitians to build these shelters provides jobs and benefits to the local economy. The permanent shelters have a concrete foundation with plywood walls and a tin roof. As families save money, the homes can be added on to with concrete bricks. The project also provides communities with latrines, access to clean water and water storage, and promotes proper hygiene and sanitation, all of which will lead to improved health.

To watch the video Haiti: A Pathway to Permanent Housing, click here.

About the Author

  • Marianne Peters is a freelance writer, master gardener, and environmental educator. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two mischievous ginger cats called Fred and George (after the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame). From 2008-2013 she wrote the Creation Care column for Covenant Companion magazine. In 2011, her family decided to downsize by half, a decision that led to the publication of her book Declutter for Good: Share Your Life and Reclaim Your Life. She blogs about green living and gardening at www.freshwordswriting.com.

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