Many families in Leveque had been living in makeshift houses made of, what should have been, temporary tents that were distributed after the earthquake in 2010. For years, they were exposed to serious dangers from an unsafe living environment. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, 151 families in this community are now living in safe homes with access to education, clean water, and a space to call their own. With safety at home, they can now focus on their families and wellbeing.
Life in a tent: With no stable walls, no locks on their doors, and only a dirt floor, the tents provide virtually no stability for families.
Without a true door, families cannot safely leave their tents with dangers of theft & kidnapping.
In a one room tent, children primarily sleep on the dirt floors. During storms water rushes in so children must stand to 'sleep.'
Our first completed community in Haiti, it is also our largest community with 151 homes. The homes are a beautiful display of hope and creativity from families who live there. More than 2,000 donors rallied together one donation at a time to enable this community.
The homes were built by employed local laborers providing them with a marketable skill and a good living wage for their work.
Extensive gardens, exterior updates, and a water basin are just a few examples of families turning their houses into homes.
In the heart of this community, is a thriving school where children now receive an education just a stone's throw from their home.
We have seen many families begin their own business now that they have the safety of a home. See some of their stories below!
Through our impact data collection program we're seeing families that have improved their homes, children attending the community's school, and in-home businesses getting started.
At New Story we measure impact to quantify how a home creates change, improve our work, and learn what to iterate on to optimize our impact. Do we have to do this? No. Lots of organizations don't. Learn more about our impact methodology here.
We believe stories of transformation help show the full picture of what a home means to families. Here are some of our favorite stories from Leveque, Haiti.
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