This is what the profits from Dubsteppers For Haiti Volume 5 is going to buy one deserving family.
Since 1997, the HHF has been providing housing for the homeless and for poor families residing in hovels in rural southern Haiti.
Housing for many in rural Haiti is deplorable. Often, large families live together in small, rickety shacks of cardboard, tin, rags, and straw with dirt floors. Vermin – including mice, rats, and insects – are impossible to control, and the straw roofs constantly leak or are blown away by even fairly mild rainstorms. Space is so sparse that people often sleep in shifts.
Our Happy House program replaces these shacks with concrete block buildings with a cement floor, a tin roof, windows and doors. Recipients are selected by a vote of Village Committees to ensure that only the most needy receive them. They participate in building the houses by providing labor when possible, as well as sand, rocks, and water. The Happy House construction costs approximately $750 per house. Families often feel that their Happy House is a mansion when compared with their previous dwelling.
The Happy House provides humane living conditions, improved sanitation and dignity. In addition:
- Communities grow through cooperation and care for the extremely poor.
- Protection from the elements and improved sanitation results in improved health.
- Poor families are empowered through their contributions to the realization of their own home.
- Trades workers and other laborers gain employment and opportunities to improve their skills.
- The local economy benefits from the sale of building materials.