Long-term volunteer, Adrian Ward from Kincasslagh, along with another 35 volunteers, is setting off on this life-changing experience with Haven’s 2018 Volunteer Programme.

This year’s Volunteer Programme sees the group travel to the small commune of Gressier, located two hours south-west of Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince.

The Volunteer Programme will play an important role in supporting the people of Gressier, who are still working to rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake in 2010.

Volunteers will lead the refurbishment and upgrade of the main building of the local Jean Jean School, which has six classrooms and serves 160 children.

The enhancement of the school facilities will ensure local children have access to education that will lead to bright, self-sufficient futures.

Over the course of their time in Haiti, Haven’s volunteers will work together to replace the school roof, and repair and plaster the walls of the buildings that were badly damaged by the 2010 earthquake.

The team of volunteers will also repair the kitchen on the school grounds and build a covered area for children to eat in and enjoy shelter from the searing afternoon heat.

The construction of a new toilet block will greatly improve the school’s facilities, ensuring clean sanitation and good health for its students.

In addition to the construction element of the programme, the team will provide equipment and furniture to enable improved learning and education.

These include new bookshelves, blackboards and desks to enrich the school experience and make it more engaging for students. The volunteers will also create a safe area for children to play with the development of a colourful and interactive playground.

Adrian said: ‘’This year’s Volunteer Programme marks my eleventh time traveling to Haiti with Haven. The people of Haiti are incredible and it is knowing the difference that the work our volunteer group carries out will make to them that draws me back each time. Volunteering in Haiti is a very rewarding experience.”

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