After the 2021 earthquake, thousands of people were left homeless and living in camps
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries have launched new short-term training courses for young men and women in Haiti who want to find employment in the construction industry to help rebuild houses that have collapsed after an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 killed more than 2,000 people and left thousands injured and homeless on August 14, 2021.
After the earthquake, thousands of people were left homeless and lived in camps. Private organizations, religious congregations and volunteers provided humanitarian aid to the victims in the absence of state support.
Agents from the Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Communities have identified houses to be demolished. Those that could be repaired were given a yellow mark and those that were undamaged according to the inspectors were marked green. The Armed Forces of Haiti and agents from the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications demolished several buildings in the south, including schools, churches and private homes. Reconstruction efforts were slow and little was rebuilt.
“This new training program helps young people in Haiti learn the skills to repair and rebuild homes in their community,” said Fr. Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the US development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved. These educational efforts will put people to work and help those who are still suffering in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
Salesian missionaries began working in Haiti in 1935 in response to the Haitian government’s request for a vocational school. Since then, Salesian missionaries have expanded their work to include 11 major educational centers and over 200 schools across the country.
Each of the main centers includes a number of primary and secondary schools, vocational training centers and other programs for street children and youth in need. Salesian programs are spread throughout Haiti, including the cities of Port-au-Prince, Fort-Liberté, Cap-Haitien, Les Cayes and Gressier. Today, Salesian missionaries in Haiti provide the largest source of education outside of the Haitian government with schools providing education for 25,500 primary and secondary students.
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