Haiti’s 1,050 shelters

Residents in Petit-Goâve and Grand-Goâve and the Handicap International shelter project team in Haiti have been anticipating the completion of shelters since July 2010.

Eighteen months of hard work later, more than 1,000 transitional shelters have been built!

To celebrate, Handicap International organized a ceremony for the shelter recipients and the Handicap International team that organized this project with them, as well as the surrounding communities and our partner organizations.

Handicap International wishes to thank everyone involved in this project, intended to house 4,799 of the most vulnerable people who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake.

These shelters were created in response to the specific needs of the people who will be using them. Many of these shelters have been equipped with wheelchair ramps to facilitate access for people with disabilities. Their creation also took into account natural disaster risks, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, which often afflict Haiti.

The work of 214 Haitian professionals, with reinforcement from 18 expatriates from Handicap International, was required to prepare the construction materials, set up the construction assembly kits, build latrines and 16 classrooms in neighboring towns.

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