A Clonmel woman is leading the call for volunteers to help with the work of an Irish charity in the earthquake devastated country of Haiti.
Alice O’Regan, from The Spa, Clonmel, is a volunteer coordinator with the Dublin-based charity that builds homes and oversees other life improving projects in Haiti, and is helping with relief efforts since the massive earthquake of January 2010.
Now Haven are launching a project on Ile a Vache, to leave Dublin in May this year. Ile a Vache is a small island off the Haitian mainland. This programme will move away from the typical house building structure and see Haven’s volunteers immerse themselves in the Ile a Vache community partaking in programmes designed around Haven’s three core developmental areas: water and sanitation; shelter; training and education. Interaction with the community will be one of the key components of the new Volunteer Programme. Volunteers will partake in a broad range of activities suited to multiple skill sets.
The departure date for volunteers travelling is May 24, returning to Dublin June 2.
Haven is returning to Ile a Vache as a result the devastation of Hurricane Sandy which tore through the island on October 23, 2012. Farms were left devastated and livelihoods destroyed. Sandy tore trees by their roots landing on homes and businesses, taking lives.
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti affected more than two million people. Today, thousands of Haitians continue to live in dire conditions with 347,000 people still living in camps throughout the region.
For more information on the trip please call Alice on 016815443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alice, who holds a Masters Degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the London School of Economics, is not the first of her family to be inspired to help those less fortunate. Her sister Aisling was the first in teh family to seek charity work when she worked with the poor in Swaziland in 2002. At that time the Loreto School in Clonmel, where both girls were pupils, raised lots of money with which Aisling helped build a school and set up a soup kitchen.