Haiti: The Ricky Martin Foundation Partners with Habitat for Humanity

Ricky Martin traveled to Port-au-Prince with Habitat for Humanity International’s chief executive officer, Jonathan Reckford, to begin efforts to rebuild houses in low-income neighborhoods. Reckford said that “What we see after a disaster is that families want to return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives as quickly as possible. Habitat for Humanity will help as many families as possible in this recovery. We are grateful to Ricky Martin and the Ricky Martin Foundation for their support of Habitat over the years and in this effort. We also are grateful to all of Habitat’s partners and supporters who will join us during this critical moment.”

Martin, who thanked Dominican President Leonel Fernández for cooperating with his foundation so that they could reach Haiti as soon as possible, articulated the urgency of the situation: “The only words I can think of to describe what I’ve witnessed here today are that this is a living nightmare. The images that are now in my head will be impossible to erase. Children and families impacted by this disaster will need long-term help restoring their lives, in every sense of the word. Every family is a family in need. I’m asking each of you to think about the future of the children. What they will need to survive after they are properly fed and have received appropriate medical care is a safe and decent home.”

Habitat for Humanity offers a threefold response that includes clearing debris from home sites, providing Habitat for Humanity Shelter Kits and repairing and rebuilding homes through a transitional housing method. When families return to their homes from temporary shelters, Habitat will help them remove debris and identify what materials can be reused for rebuilding. Habitat for Humanity Shelter Kits will be provided that include building materials and tools to make immediate repairs to damaged homes. The kits typically include items such as hammers, nails, buckets, rope, crowbar, a tarp, trowels and handsaws. Habitat for Humanity will help families repair homes where possible. For homes that are beyond repair, Habitat will help families build new houses that are stronger and more resistant to earthquakes and hurricanes.

The Ricky Martin Foundation continues its ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity by creating the RMF/HFH Haiti Recovery Fund. Both organizations are encouraging supporters to visit www.habitat.org/rmfhaiti to donate now for immediate and long-term efforts in Haiti.

Donations to the RMF/HFH Haiti fund can be made at https://www.habitat.org/cd/giving/donate.aspx?link=233

For more information on Habitat for Humanity (or to volunteer), visit http://www.habitat.org/default.aspx

For more information on The Ricky Martin Foundation, visit http://www.rickymartinfoundation.org/english/default.aspx

For full articles, see http://www.habitat.org/newsroom/2010archive/01_19_2010_ricky_martin_recovery_fund.aspx and http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/poverty/2010/1/21/34550/Ricky-Martin-visits-the-Palace-heads-to-Haiti

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