Dominique Rattner


Video: Santo community members provide input into the design of Habitat's new permanent housing development.

July 28, 2011

Check out this cool video produced by our partner, Architecture for Humanity. We are working together to bring homes, infrastructure and community services to the Santo community in Léogâne. At the heart of our work is our collaboration with the community. They are involved every step of the way, including this design session (or charrette) where community members came together to provide input into how their new community would be layed out.


Santo Blessing Event: A Great Success!

July 12, 2011

Today Habitat held its Santo blessing event in Léogâne. The event was a great opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of everyone to bring hope and homes to the local community. It was even more meaningful given today is the 18-month anniversary of the earthquake. Nearly 90 percent of all structures were damaged or destroyed in Léogâne and thousands left homeless. Many of those families attended today's event.

Blessings to all who are joining with Habitat to help...

Santo project site blessing event to take place tomorrow on the 18-month anniversary of the earthquake

July 11, 2011

Tomorrow on the 18-month anniversary of the earthquake, Habitat will join with community members, local partners and government officials to bless the Santo project site in Léogâne. The Mayor of Léogâne, Santos Alexis, will be there to help us celebrate and recognize the collective hard work, dedication and commitment of everyone to build homes and hope in his community.

The blessing event (Bénédiction de l’Evènement) will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Claude Jeudy, Habitat...

Habitat's prototype house for the Santo community is under construction!

June 20, 2011

Habitat's core house prototype for the Santo community is now under construction. Once complete, community members will provide their feedback as part of Habitat's community engagement process. We are making progress and getting closer to building homes for 100 families during the Carter Work Project!

Habitat meets with Santo community members to present site plans

May 13, 2011

On May 12, 2011, Habitat held a meeting with Santo community members to present the site design plans. It was a full house and members of all ages participated. It was a great community event! Engaging and partnering with the community is a critical facet of the Santo project to build up to 500 permanent houses in Leogane. Community members provide ongoing input and ideas for the new development and help Habitat select the beneficiary families. Habitat holds...

Making a difference in Haiti: Marie Nicole Sanon

May 3, 2011

Marie Nicole Sanon (34) stands proudly in front of her Habitat upgradable shelter. It wasn’t that long ago when she along with her three children lived in a tent made of scraps of bed sheets. “After the earthquake, I thought life was over and I would never own a decent place to live with my children,” Sanon said. “I had no choice and settled in my little tent of sheets supported by wood sticks. We had to squeeze like fish at the market to sleep at night.” Living in the tent was tough....

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