January marks two years since a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Price, Haiti. In the time since, Habitat for Humanity has served more than 40,000 families with permanent houses, transitional and upgradable shelters, damage assessments, repaired and rehabilitated homes, emergency shelter kits, training and job opportunities.
In the summer of 2011, Habitat broke ground on a permanent housing development in the Santo community of Leogane. In November, nearly 500 volunteers for the 2011 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project helped build 100 core houses in one week. The site is now dotted with brightly painted homes that are designed to allow for expansion as soon as each family regains its financial footing.
The work continues. What can you do?
- Learn more about the Haiti earthquake and Habitat’s recovery program. Read "Building Homes and Hope in Haiti: Two Years Into the Recovery."
- Read a personal essay from Habitat’s vice president of Haiti recovery that reflects on the power of the human spirit.
- Purchase your copy of “Our House” today! Singer-songwriter Graham Nash is making his 1970s classic hit song, “Our House,” available for purchase on iTunes in support of Habitat through January 2012. All proceeds will benefit Habitat’s efforts in Haiti. Nash is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both as a member the British pop group The Hollies and with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. “We have to share our good fortunes with those who don’t have any,” says Nash of his support for Habitat’s work in Haiti. “We need to share the love.”
- Partner with Habitat. Find out how you can partner with Habitat as a community, a corporation, a foundation, a church, a synagogue, a mosque or an individual.
- Advocate on behalf of Haitian families in need of permanent housing.
- Don’t miss the March issue of Habitat World for stories from Haiti and the 2011 Carter Work Project.