Recently Tedford Insurance CEO, Mark Kochner, along with his wife and two older children returned from a week long trip in Haiti. The trip was in conjunction with Mission of Hope. While serving for several days in the sea side village of Minoterie, the Kochners felt a strong desire to raise funds, in partnership with Mission of Hope, for the 90 families that still remain living in tents after the earthquake.
This is not a new concept for Mission of Hope, it is actually is quite similar to their Blue to Block program in a neighboring village. Since the 2010 earthquake, many families are still living in temporary tent homes. Mission of Hope, in partnership with the Haitian Government and Hope for Haiti, began a project in November of 2010 called Blue to Block. The goal of this project was to build new, long term homes for displaced families.
Kochner and his family saw what this process looks like in a very tangible way. While serving in the village of Minoterie they felt called to adopt this very same process, with the assistance of Mission of Hope, for the 90 families there that are still living in tents. Their project is named Vision Ninety.
Mark tells us that “The tent homes can reach temperatures over 100 degrees during the days and drop into the 60’s at night. This causes all sorts of health issues for those living in, and being born into, these conditions. The tents were intended to only provide temporary shelter after the earthquake, but 5 and half years later, the tents still serve as their primary housing. Many tents by this point are ripped and tattered… the wind and rain blows into them… and floors turn to mud. My family is not okay with this.”
The Vision Ninety project will provide approximately a 42’ x 90’ lot and a 16’ x 19’ three room block home, with a patio and an awning for shade. Gutters are also installed to help catch rain water which is valuable for these families. Each home has an outhouse and an outside shower room. The home is also painted inside and out. In addition, various trees, almond trees, and fruit trees will be planted on each lot and around the community. Each home only costs $6,500 to build.
The overall objective of Vision Ninety is to build a community, not just a housing project. This is being accomplished by strengthening the local churches, schools, market places, and providing clean water solutions, so these families cannot just survive, but thrive! This means more than just safety, security and community. It means families truly have a hope and a future.
The hyperlink below is to a video explaining a home building program in Haiti, similar to Vision Ninety, that Mark has been a part of and personally sponsoring through Mission of Hope Haiti (the largest NGO in Haiti).
Some at Tedford Insurance will be partnering along with Mark and his family to help with building homes for those still living in tents today. For those of you that have interest in partnering with Mission of Hope and the Kochners by supporting Vision Ninety, please contact Mark Kochner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark can tell you how you can get involved and be a part of this incredible project in Haiti.
He has personally walked through this village and has met many of these families… they need our assistance. Many of them are our brothers and sisters in Christ.