Two years after a major earthquake brought devastation to Haiti, recovery is taking place but there is more going on for help.
To provide shelter for folks still living in makeshift arrangements, Southeast-based will send teams to the country in March and April to build permanent housing. Joining for two of those trips (March 11-17 and 25-31) will be congregants from the . OSI will also hold an event from April 8-14.
“We will not be building temporary shelters, but permanent homes, designed to withstand earthquakes and category 4 hurricanes, and positioned to be at the center of a new community,” said church member and team leader Dave Dobson, in a press release announcing the event.
OSI and the New Castle-based church have existing ties that go back several years. According to parishioner Hugh Sigmon, Dobson is a affiliated with the group and has helped them with work in Mexico. In addition, church members worked with OSI in rebuilding New Orleans in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The church is already funding for building materials necessary to build the houses, said Sigmon. The cost of each new house is pegged at $8,000 and the church's team has a goal of $2,400. Donations can be made through PayPal atonesmallhouse.org, while checks can be mailed to: One Small House, 5001 Stonecrest Drive, Brewster, NY 10509. The church asks that checks have "Team PCMK" written on the ID line, with "March 11 – 90028" included.