Helping in Haiti

Back in January we introduced you to Kyle Reschke, a Naperville Central High School graduate who moved to Haiti to help the deaf build their very own community.

Within the last three months, about 240 families have the keys to their very own home and are all moved in.

“For some of them this is the first time since the earthquake, but for many of them this is the first time ever that they have owned a home,” said Reschke. “And not only do they own a home, but they have land in Haiti that is titled to their name.”

He says by the end of the year hopefully all 500 families will be in their new homes.

Reschke and his team have also come up with a number of clean water solutions, improved education and even started a soccer team.

One of the projects Reschke was trying to get funding for was solar lighting, so the families could sign after dark. He is happy to report that all the current homes have solar power and they even have half of the solar street lamps they’re trying to get.

“They found a new joy in this community, life doesn’t seem as desperate,” he said. “They’re out of survival mode, they’re not experiencing the violence in the slums anymore. This was part of the dream.”

But his work is far from over, they are still looking for funding for a community center and a school and sponsors to help Haitian families start their own business.

To follow along on Reschke’s journey or to find ways to help out, check out his blog at kyleinhaiti.com.

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