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Charlottesville Nonprofits Help Build Post-Earthquake Homes in Haiti

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The work to rebuild Haiti is far from over. Three years after the devastating earthquake the country is starting to make some progress.

Charlottesville's Building Goodness Foundation is part of the progress, but the work comes at a price.

"The Haitians really want to be a part of rebuilding their country," said Jack Horn, a BGF director.

For the BGF, that is the goal. But it takes money and volunteers to make it happen.

"The need is great so if people have a heart and want to donate. BGF is a good place to start," said Dan Monahan, with the Bama Works Foundation.

Over the weekend, BGF dedicated two schools in Haiti. A trade school that cost $684,000 was partially funded through a grant from the Dave Matthews Band charity, Bama Works Foundation. A secondary school cost $83,000 dollars.

"A small gift to Building Goodness Foundation turns into a large project," Horn said.

BGF has many projects underway in Haiti. One that needs funding, though, is called an Incentive Kay. A kay is a small Haitian home. Each one costs about $7,500.

Now peppering the landscape of the third-world country are 200 kays. The post-earthquake homes cost a total of $1.2 million.

"Every building needs funding. Whether it's to send people down to Haiti to help train and work on these buildings or provide for the bricks and mortar itself," said Mike Stoneking, a BGF director.

A depot is currently under construction just north of the capitol. It will serve as a business staging area for 600 Haitian families to sell produce, peanut butter and coffee.

"It's a step toward less reliance on Americans and more self-reliance," said Ethan Tate, BGF's director of international volunteer programs.

A small price to pay, says BGF, to provide a better future for our Haitian neighbors.

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