Since the earthquake in January, more than 120,000 internally displaced refugees have fled the chaos of Port-au-Prince and made their way to southwestern Haiti, where Haitian Health Foundation operates. "All of these people are homeless, but to the credit of the citizenry of Jérémie and the 105 surrounding rural villages, they have all been taken into existing homes," said Kevin Brolin, a grant writer for HHF.
However, this is a short term solution. HHF hopes to expand their Happy House program to help those living in the most desperate situations. A Happy House is a solid, concrete block house with doors, windows, a concrete floor, and a waterproof tin roof. "They help protect the family from disease, infestation, and theft. They are a mansion compared to the typical home in our area," added Brolin.
HHF has been building Happy Houses since 2001, and has built over 2,600 houses to date. Although HHF has been averaging 225 houses per year, they could realistically build up to 500 new houses per year with proper funding.
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