An 8-foot by 12-foot shelter with two bunk beds will go a long way in Haiti. “There’s over a million people living outside under sheets and little makeshift tents, and they are right there on the ground. As the rainy season comes through the summer and through the fall these people will actually be in mud all the time. These shelters we’re building are four inches off the ground,” says Shelter Haiti organizer Ed Jackson.
Jackson is a volunteer and organizer for the project, known as Shelter Haiti, that provides these finished homes to the victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti. Jackson says they could use some help.
“What all of us are needing now is volunteers. We had just gotten clear to ship our first 175 homes from the east coast. Some from Virginia and some from Myrtle Beach are going to be shipped on June 5 out of Georgetown. They’ve already shipped the first 100 out of Houston,” says Jackson.
To help meet the June 5 deadline, Jackson says they are in dire need of these volunteers to assist in the building of the shelters. Each shelter rooms between eight to 12 people.
Jackson says the first goal is to get approximately 1,000 homes down to Haiti, and build from there.