Tipperary volunteer Johnny heads for Haiti

Johnny Ryan from Tipperary will depart from Dublin airport to Haiti on May 24 and return on June 2 on what will be an experience of a lifetime.

Johnny Ryan from Tipperary will depart from Dublin airport to Haiti on May 24 and return on June 2 on what will be an experience of a lifetime.

The Tipperary volunteer will be equipped with humanitarian supplies and spend a week working in scorching conditions in the small island of Ile a Vache, south of Haiti’s mainland.

Johnny will be working directly with the community to rebuild community structures that were destroyed after hurricane Sandy last year.

The volunteers will be engaged in many activities during the week such as painting local community amenities, forming drainage channels, building a playground area and regenerating the community garden.

To date, Haven has helped over 80,000 Haitians through its programmes, providing shelter where it is desperately needed; clean water and hygiene during the cholera epidemic, that once again gripped Haiti since Hurricane Sandy; and training programmes to provide people with the tools to help move themselves out of poverty and to access basic amenities to live a full and healthy life.