This article appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Friday, September 16, 2011
By Niamh Hennessy
TV personalities, businesspeople and politicians are gathered in Cork today in a bid to highlight the work being done in Haiti by Irish charity Haven.
It is spearheaded by businessman Leslie Buckley who has been working in Haiti for the last two years.
Guests at today’s event include Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, rugby player Frankie Sheehan and TV personality George Hook. Corkman, Leslie Buckley, founder of Haven will also be present.
Haven is to join with Habitat for Humanity as they begin work on their 500-house development project in Léogâne, , 29 km from Port Au Prince and the area that was the epicentre of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
By the end of 2011 Haven will have built, repaired and upgraded 3,000 homes in the country. Haven has built over 1,300 latrines, 308 showers and 20 community shelters. Over 3,000 local people have been trained in hygiene promotion, conflict resolution and vocational training to empower communities to pursue their livelihoods.
Haven has employed 600 local people in their projects. Over 10,000 children in 13 schools have been provided with clean water, sanitation facilities and hygiene training.
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