Category: Haiti

Methodist church from West Lawn, Pennsylvania, renews spiritual energy working in Haiti

The Rev. Jeff Raffauf has had many international experiences with members of his congregation on mission trips to several different countries, but building Fuller Center homes in Pigñon, Haiti, has taken these spiritual journeys to an even higher level. Five teams from the church have worked with The Fuller Center for Housing in Haiti over […]

Seven years after the devastating Haiti earthquake, Fuller Center’s work flourishes

Seven years ago, a devastating 7.0-magnitude struck Haiti, which already had long been the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Tens of thousands died, and at least 200,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. In its wake, hundreds of millions of dollars from caring individuals and concerned groups flowed in to nonprofits aiming to help Haitians […]

Make sure your gifts for Haiti aren’t squandered: Support proven grass-roots effectiveness

  Support disaster recovery in Haiti After a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in January of 2010, killing more than 200,000 people and destroying about the same amount of homes, the outpouring of support for Haitians was impressive. Millions of Americans, Canadians and others took to their smart phones and computers or whipped out their […]

Days 6 and 7: Wrapping up the job

(The Fuller Center’s Leah Gernetzke recently accompanied a team of women to Haiti for a build. This is her blog post about the trip’s final days.) Today we had a major breakthrough – we received the shipping containers full of concrete molds for the concrete bricks that form our Fuller Center homes. That might not […]

Day 5: "The ones who carry the nation"

(Fuller Center communications specialist Leah Gernetzke is in Haiti documenting a week of building by a team of women from the U.S. This is her latest report.) If it’s possible to live a lifetime in one day, today would be that day. Today is burned into in my mind and memory eternally. We were off […]

Days 3 and 4: We are the world

(Fuller Center communications specialist is documenting the work of a women’s Global Builders trip to Haiti. This is her latest report.) I’m writing with a pen and paper, sitting cross-legged on the ground, surrounded by mountains, a distant view of the ocean, palm trees, meandering cows, horses, goats, a frenetically cheerful hog, and small groups […]

Day 2: Let your light shine

(Note: Fuller Center communications specialist Leah Gernetzke is accompanying a work team in Haiti to document their journey. She is sending blog entries when she can get internet access.) We awoke at dawn this morning to roosters crowing and horns honking. This island is anything but sleepy. Rising early is a way of life here, […]