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Too many people live in poverty and extreme conditions in
Haiti. It is appalling to see the housing in which so many rural
people must live. Large families with many little children are
living in miserable, one room huts as pictured above. Housing
for the poor is scandalous in much of Haiti. Large families live
together in small homes or huts. The homes are not large
enough for everyone to sleep at the same time. Many families
have to sleep in shifts to allow everyone the chance to sleep.
Since the hurricanes and flooding in the last few years many
families are sleeping in tents or primitive huts made of
cardboard, tin, rags, straw and mud. Pest and insects are
impossible to control making conditions unfit for human
habitation.
ONE BLOCK AT A TIME INC
       One Block At A Time Inc's' house program plans to
renovate or replace these shacks with concrete block
buildings and cement floors, tin roof, windows, doors and a
patio area for sitting.
Volunteers from the states will travel with
OBAAT to Haiti and work with the villagers to build the homes.
 Many of the benefactors will own no land, so that will also
need to be purchased. Supplies will be purchased in Haiti
      
( thus employing some people). In addition:
  • Tradesmen and other laborers gain employment and
    practice using their skills.
  • Poor families have the realization of their own home.
  • The local economy will benefit from the sale of materials
    to build the homes.
  • Protection from the elements and pest will improve
    health.
  • Volunteers will see the conditions that these people are
    in and have the satisfaction of providing the housing.
  • Friendships will be made by working together for both
    countries.
  • Local communities will grow through cooperative
    working and caring for the extremely poor
FACTS
Population: 8.7 million (July 2007)
Location and Area: Western part of the island of Hispaniola; Other 2/3 is
Dominican Republic: 50 miles East of Cuba; 800 miles Southeast of Miami
Capital: Port-au-Prince
President: Rene Garcia Preval (2006)
Area: 27,750 sq km (10,714 sq miles)about the size a Maryland (812 people
per sq. Mile) Ohio 277 people per sq. Mile
Major languages: Creole, French
Major religion: Voodoo, Christianity: (Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16%
,Baptist 10%, Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%) Note: roughly half the
population practices Voodoo
Life expectancy: 57.03(2007) in USA 78.3
Literacy rate: 52.9 (2003)
Monetary unit:  gourde :40 gourdes = $1.00 us
Minimum Wage: 90 gourdes per day -USA$0.50/hour
Main exports: Light manufactures, coffee, oils, mangoes, rice
GNI per capita: US $426 (World Bank, 2005)
Climate: Temperature is warm, ranging year-round from 70-93° F in the coastal
regions, and 50-75 in the mountainous areas; rainy seasons are April-May and
August-October.
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