When Haiti was hit by the devastating earthquake in 2010, Diageo set about helping the worst affected areas, working with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and restore community structures.
On 14 February 2012, 155 families affected by the earthquake moved into new homes in Santo, Haiti. This completed the first phase of Diageo’s investment in rebuilding the country after the earthquake in 2010. The Diageo Foundation supported Habitat for Humanity and the Inter-American Development Bank to design and construct the greenfield development in Santo.
Habitat for Humanity invited families to contribute their ideas for the design and layout of the development, ensuring that they felt part of the community’s future. Five pilot homes were built so that we could define the costs of construction, and from there we went on to engage local contractors to build the first 155.
Building sustainable homes
Volunteers from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project helped complete the top half of the structures, including installing the roofs. The houses were fitted with innovative composting lavatories, private showers and rainwater catchment systems.
‘One can feel the sense of community developing throughout the Santo site,’ said Ian Pearce, Deputy National Director, Habitat for Humanity Great Britain. ‘Residents are developing creative livelihoods, increasing their income level, and a sense of pride of ownership can be seen in the landscape.’
Habitat for Humanity has begun preparations for the next phase of the project, which includes the construction of a further 100 homes.