Prior to the earthquake, Magdalene Desir lived with her mother, husband, and two daughters. She tragically lost her mother and husband to the earthquake.
Roland Marcelus has been living this tent for the majority of his life
Viergilie Charles has been living in this shack with her mother and four kids.
Natacha St. Loi, 49, lost her husband, one daughter, and home in the 2010 earthquake.
Christine Lafortune, 49, is a farmer with three children and two grandchildren. This tent has served as their home since the earthquake.
Carline's family has been on Homes from the Heart's list for over a year. Unfortunately, her mother passed away in February.
Thank you once again for supporting the work we do and allowing us to complete our next home. It is hard to believe we are already wrapping up home 102 and are moving right along with the next home.
Oftentimes, our homes can give all families, but especially women, the sense of security and financial means to move forward with their goals instead of remaining in a seemingly endless pattern of struggling.
"Now I can die in peace," said 69 year old Lucienne Joseph. "Having a house was my last wish!"
The recipient of home 98 in Haiti is Josette Arnold, age 57. Josette has lived with her two children in the backyard of her church for the past five years.
Homes from the Heart is all about taking stories of loss and converting them into stories of giving. That brings us to home number 96.
Our team in Haiti completed its 95th home this week. The recipient of our home, Yvonne Poteau, experienced tragedy and the neighborhood came together to begin building a home, but ran out of resources. That is when they turned to Homes from the Heart to help them complete the job.
Guerda Charles is the recipient of Homes from the Heart's 94th home completed last week in Haiti. Guerda has been taking care of her grandchildren ever since the death of their mother in the earthquake.
Philogène "Nène" Edner is 56 years old and has always lived in the dirt house pictured below with his four children and one grandchild. The home is make shift and requires Nène to use buckets to catch leaking rain water. He has continued to raise those children after the loss of his wife in earthquake.
We are saddened to share that Michael Bonderer, Executive Director and a founder of Homes from the Heart (HFTH), passed away. Michael first became ill with pneumonia in El Salvador and returned to Kansas City for medical care. He later suffered complications from his illness and passed away peacefully in the company of his wife Zuze, brother Dan, daughters and other family members and friends on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.
Michael’s journey with the poor began in 2001 following two devastating earthquakes in El Salvador that destroyed over 330,000 homes. In response to that tragedy, Bob Miller, Jack Fisher and Ron Ward of Kansas City founded HFTH. Michael and Zuze immediately moved to El Salvador and have since built over 400 homes in the area.
Carline Joseph has three kids. She is a farmer. And she has lived in this house made of dirt since the earthquake. She had been unsuccessfully been fighting to get government housing for years. When she heard about Homes from the Heart, she reached out immediately.
Hurricane Matthew rocked the Caribbean and Southeast Coastal areas the past few weeks. As you have seen in the news and, as Jimmy's pictures reveal, there have been a lot of homes lost in the Southwest.