The community of Boca Grande is forming a friendship with those in need in Haiti. Boca residents have contributed 410-thousand dollars to help Haitians, and more money will be on the way later this year.
"I feel very good about what we have done, but we have more work to do," said Ben Scott, leader of the effort to help Haiti.
Scott actually began in 2009, before the massive earthquake. Then, one year ago today, he saw the first pictures of utter devastation in Haiti. He put his fund-raising into high gear.
"I knew we had to step to the plate and get going. The devastation was unbelievable, nobody should have to live like the people were living after the quake," said Scott.
He and others raised the 410-thousand, that has been used to build 40 concrete-block homes and a community center in Pierre-Payen, about 60 miles north of the capitol of Port-Au-Prince. The village is called: Boca Grande Friendship Village.
"Our feeling is: these are human beings who need help. So we help one family at a time. We like to focus on a village, so we can see the results of our efforts. We also buy livestock and fruit trees for the villagers, so they can have food and sell what they don't need. The homes are concrete block with solid roofs, no leaks, and concrete floors, not mud. They are castles to the people there," said Scott.
Chico Euwer, a Boca resident who gave to the effort, likes the results. "It is good to see pictures of the homes we helped to build. That shows where your money is going," Euwer told WINK News.
Scott will move into phase two of the home-building effort in a few weeks. He will try to get 175-thousand dollars, for another 20 homes and some livestock.