Claude Jeudy, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Haiti, wrote a letter of appreciation to US affiliates and volunteers today. We hope you’ll take a few moments to read this letter and get an idea of how the recovery efforts in Haiti are going:
Two years ago this week, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake that left more than two million people homeless. I wish to express my deep gratitude for the support you have given Habitat for Humanity to help families impacted by this disaster.
Since the tragedy, Habitat has helped more than 40,000 Haitian families. We have partnered with them to build decent and simple homes, have taught critical job skills to thousands of people and have created more than 700 job opportunities. In a nation with an unemployment rate of 60 percent, jobs are a crucial part of rebuilding.
To learn how your affiliate’s support has helped transform lives, I invite you to access Habitat’s report, “Building Homes and Hope in Haiti: Two Years into the Recovery,” along with a video about the past two years’ work, at Habitat.org/Haiti. You can also access information on My Habitat 2.0.
I feel energized and filled with hope by what has been accomplished to bring lasting change to the country I love so dearly. Our Habitat team is working tirelessly, and with your continued support, we are making a difference.
Today, however, I still see the suffering of homeless families. Every dark cloud that moves in fills me with sadness, as I know the children will not be able to sleep. Their tents cannot protect them from the heavy rains that soak their beds made of discarded cardboard remnants and old blankets. The wailing of the mothers in the darkness of the night fills me with grief.
We must not forget about their suffering and the suffering of more than half a million Haitians who remain homeless. My greatest fear is that they will be forgotten.
Habitat must have your support to serve more families. Our need for help is dire, so, I ask that you continue to help Habitat help Haiti.
Thank you again for all that you have done to help my country. I am grateful for the continued partnership of affiliates across the United States and your local efforts to help Haiti.
May the good Lord continue to bless you while you help care for his children in need.
Claude Jeudy, National Director
Habitat for Humanity Haiti