Wednesday, December 5, 2012
7 News Features: Help for Haiti - Jimmy Carter
A former president returning to an earthquake ravaged nation determined to bring progress. How his personal mission is building hope for Haiti. It's a labor of love for former president Jimmy Carter. And what he would see in Haiti would touch his heart. 7's Nicole Linsalata has it live from the newsplex.
"They are beautiful it makes you feel better now that they are coming up over here,"
Not just the flowers, or the plants lashed with bean sprouts, but the neighborhood Santo, a community in Leogane, Haiti.
Habitat for Humanity volunteers from Broward County built this stretch of homes last November.
Genevieve Merveille: "Its good. It’s clean and it’s safe,"
That more then Genevieve Merveille and her children can say about the tent they lived in for almost two years after the 2010 earthquake.
Many however, still feel hopeless. Nearly 400,000 people remain in makeshift tents in Haiti.
Jimmy Carter: "Its almost distrustful to see how they are living after almost three years now."
Hope however still blooms in Leogan. The Jimmy Carter Work Project is completing 100 houses to add to the 150 that finished last year.
Volunteers from around the world, hoping to give Haitian families a new start.
Jimmy Carter: "And when they foreigners come in and actually finish a house, working side by side of them, they know that for the fist time in their lives what is success."
Single mother Delores Marshall tasted success 10 years ago, when she received a Habitat home in Fort Lauderdale.
Delores Marshall: "I didn’t have enough funds you know, to be supporting or paying your bills and the resources to actually get another house."
Nicole Linsalata: "Why is it important for you to come here and do this?"
Delores Marshall: "I have it in my heart ever since I got my own home. I was just willing to give back and there are so many people who need help."
Tranquille Yvenie will receive one of the Habitat homes, and her vision...
Tranquille Yvenie: "Build a garden behind the house and flowers ... make it beautiful inside the house."
Remonne Fevrir has done just that.
Remonne Fevrir: "Even though I don’t have any money, I feel better now."
Nicole Linsalata: "Remonne Fevrir doesn’t have a job and she says she doesn’t have any money, but at least here she has a small pot of land so she can grow her own food like these Congo beans, and survive."
She's filled here tiny 200 square foot home with cooking utensils, a Bible, even a bed. In the corner, flowers and a pink flamingo signed by the volunteers who build her home.
And this week, she reunited with one of them.
After a quick tour from Rob Collette of Coconut Creek, time was up.
Although there is always time ... to sing.
And of course the Broward Habitat for Humanity volunteers continue to build here in South Florida, and recently completed 39 homes within Broward County.
Tomorrow night, we take a look at the symbolism of Haiti's national palace, destroyed in the earthquake. And we sit down with the nation's new prime minister.