Poverty and despair took up residence in Lahatte, Haiti, long before the 2010 earthquake. Lahatte is like no other place on the island nation. It’s dry and dusty – huts made out of clay, leaves, and wooden sticks with scrap metal roofs dot most of the terrain. Because of the arid soil it’s very difficult to grow fruits and vegetables.
“Lahatte looks like a desert, there’s nothing tropical about it, even though it’s geographically situated in the Caribbean,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “Life in Haiti is hard, but in Lahatte, it can be extremely difficult. By the grace of God, the people who live there are so resilient they’ve learned to survive on very little in harsh conditions. We’re so thankful that their cries and prayers for help are now being answered.”
Rob Owens, President of VTS Homes, Inc. located in Huntsville, Ala., reached out to Food For The Poor after seeing a news story about the work the organization is doing in Haiti in the fall of 2010. Owens and VTS partners David and Todd Slyman, all made good on a promise, that for every home VTS sold, they would make a donation to build homes in Haiti.
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