Concern Appeals for Help in Funding 'Houses For Haiti'

Sep 02, 2010, 11:00 ET from Concern Worldwide US

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concern Worldwide US, the international humanitarian agency, today launched a campaign to build 1,200 homes for families left homeless by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti last January.

Constructed with high-quality building materials—featuring concrete foundations and high-quality timber—the homes are designed for durability and will benefit 500 families living in the settlement of Tabarre Issa, some three miles outside the capital of Port-au-Prince, and 700 families living in the surrounding community of Galet Greffin—a total of 7,200 people.

Each home can accommodate a family of six and costs $3,200 to build. Concern is appealing to the members of the public to "become a Concerned Partner" by contributing to its monthly giving program, which will allow for ongoing support of the construction of the shelters.

The new, durable structures that Concern is building (called transitional shelters), are designed to last at least three years, providing families with security and stability until they can move into permanent housing.

"This is the next crucial step of our emergency response," said Concern Worldwide US Executive Director Siobhan Walsh. "For families that have been living in unstable, inadequate shelter for the last eight months, it's a leap forward in terms of restoring a sense of dignity, safety, and normalcy."

Tabarre Issa is a new settlement for displaced families designed and managed by Concern. Home to some 2,500 people, its operation is carefully integrated with daily life in the host community, whose residents enjoy the same benefits, including medical care, child services, educational opportunities and cash-for-work programs. Concern is particularly committed to ensuring the safety of women and children, who are most vulnerable to violence and disease.

Overall, Concern is managing 13 camps for displaced people, most of them in the poorest slum communities of Port-au-Prince, where the organization has focused many of its urban programs since it began working in Haiti in 1994. For stories about the first families to move into the new homes visit:, or visit

Concern works in 28 of the world's poorest countries, including 17 sub-Saharan African nations, and reaches some 25 million people. The organization's goal is the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty and the reduction of suffering. The organization's programs focus on emergency relief and long-term development work in the areas of health, HIV and AIDS, livelihoods and education.

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