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Building Safer Houses in Port-au-Prince (VIDEO)

Published 01/15/2015 by Global Communities

Building Safer Houses in Port-au-Prince
After an earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, nearly 300,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. Global Communities is partnering with Build Change and the American Red Cross to train masons and foremen in Haiti how to build houses that are resistant to earthquakes, hurricanes, or other natural disasters.
Through Lavi Miyo Nan Wasantha Pam (LAMIKA) meaning “a better life in my neighborhood” in Creole, young Haitians are receiving vocational training to prepare them for work in the construction field. Through this training not only do they learn about safe building practices which will allow them to help continue rebuilding the neighborhoods that were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake, they are also developing critical job skills which will enable them to secure much needed employment opportunities to support themselves and their families.