PWRDF is working with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to provide housing to 200 families who have been without homes since the January 2010 earthquake that devastated the Port-au-Prince region of Haiti (as first reported here). Both PWRDF and LWF are part of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 131 churches and related organizations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.
The Model Village project involves the work of ACT members, and also of MINUSTAH—the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti—which is leveling the land on top of a hill outside the town of Gressier, near Port-au-Prince. Construction of the houses is starting slightly later than planned, as MINUSTAH’s work has taken longer than originally expected.
The construction of the houses is expected to start in July and be finalized by early 2013. In the meanwhile, families are being chosen to move into the houses, with a focus on providing housing for the most vulnerable people in the community.
In a recent update on the project, LWF stated, “We now look forward to getting to know the 1200 beneficiaries of the project, after the final selection/verification is made in July 2012, and involving them in planning of community activities, which can start even before the final house has been built. We are also preparing legal documents for agreements with the home owners, building on the new Haitian co-property law.
Thank you once more to all our partners who are making the Model Village possible.”
PWRDF’s contribution to the Model Village project is $350,000 USD.