Reference : V-P-HT-E-00272
Date : 08/01/2009
Country/Region : HAITI
Caption : Gonaives. Volunteers of the Haitan Red Cross help rebuild houses.
Photographer : HAVIV, Ron
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Copyright : ICRC/VII
Description : Building back better after the four consecutive killer storms that ravaged Haiti in August and September 2008 is proving a big challenge in a country decimated by poverty, environmental degradation and donor fatigue.

Since December 2008 the Red Cross has been training its volunteers in basic carpentry skills so that they can repair people's homes. So far they have fixed up 50 homes and 50 more are due to be completed shortly.

"After the hurricane, I helped evacuate people from their homes" says one of the volunteers "Now it feels so good to help them return."

200 volunteers have been learning to make windows and doors, plaster ceilings and lay floors.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour