Meet Dieuseul, his wife, Madame, and four of their thirteen children. This is the family who’s house you helped build! They are residents of Kenscoff, Haiti, a village in the mountains south of Port-au-Prince. I was able to meet them a few weeks ago during a trip to Haiti with Help One Now. Their house will be completed soon, if not already, and will be very similar to the house pictured below. The houses are “small”, only 3 rooms, but are engineered to provide a good foundational structure that can be easily added on to.
Below is their current dwelling, it’s a simple shelter with a pup tent next to it. You can easily see what providing a house like the one above provides for a family. They no longer have to worry about the next storm or continually maintain the non-permanent structure.
I was able to spend a few minutes with them. Long enough to scribble down names, view the construction, and snap a few pictures, but I never told them anything about the campaign to raise the money or even my name. Some may think that’s strange but there is a purpose to it, all of this work is being led by the local church with Help One Now only working behind the scenes in the States to provide resources the local church may not have. I learned that to this family, this house is a symbol that they are being cared for by their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in their local community. After learning this, I simply wanted to be a silent member of the body of Christ that was given the opportunity to help strengthen their community and faith. I hope you feel the same way.
Below are some pictures of the construction. Again, thank you to those who prayed for and supported this work, If you want more details please get in touch, I’d love to share more about the trip.
All the block is made by hand, we tried to calculate how many blocks this man was making a day. It took him about 57 seconds to make a block so if he worked an 8 hour day he would make ~500 blocks.