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Volunteers camp out in Haiti for Habitat for Humanity

8:16 AM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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On Wednesday, Renoux and Preheim said 600 volunteers are hoping to build 100 homes in one week, adding to the 150 homes that were built last year. The volunteers eat, sleep and socialize in a "camp" built by an Irish group called Haven, who works closely with Habitat for Humanity.

The camp has running water, a privilege many Haitians will never have. Instead, Haitian people bathe and do their laundry in nearby rivers.

One of the Haven volunteers who help run the camp is in Haiti for the week even though he lost both his restaurant and home to Hurricane Sandy in Manhattan.

"I felt that it was my chance to come here and do something in a place where I knew that they needed volunteers. They needed help just as much as we do in New York, if not much, much more," he said.

The Habitat for Humanity event also brought some pretty big names out to Haiti. President Jimmy Carter as well as Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks acted as volunteers in the project.

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