Belfast Telegraph

Fundraising for Haiti quake victims

The ongoing plight of the survivors of the Haitian earthquake has been highlighted in Belfast ahead of a week of fundraising events for the poverty ravaged country.

Events and activities will be staged across Ireland starting this Saturday to raise awareness of the problems facing the people of Haiti two years on from the natural disaster.

According to the International Organisation for Migration, 550,000 people are still without proper housing. And 70% of the population survive on less that 2 US dollars a day.

Supporters of housing organisation Habitat for Humanity NI gathered at City Hall to help launch Haiti Week, which has been developed in partnership with a number of Irish charities.

Chief executive for Habitat for Humanity NI Jenny Williams said: "There has been real progress in Haiti but two years after the disaster more than half a million people will go to sleep tonight under canvas.

"Our hope is that Haiti Week will call attention to the continued need for support to deliver on the commitments the international community made to help Haiti build back better.

"Safe shelter remains critical, improving health and allowing families to begin to rebuild their lives."

Haiti at Harlem hosted by Harlem Cafe, Bedford Street, is supporting efforts in Belfast. The cafe is partnering with Habitat to host a week-long Haiti fundraising and awareness event.

Habitat for Humanity's five-year disaster recovery programme has already helped more than 40,000 families begin rebuilding their lives.

Habitat's Haiti at Home Build will take place on Saturday January 21 at Templemore Avenue in East Belfast.

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