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Shelter From The Storms

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Shelter From The Storms

It’s been more than a year and a half since a massive earthquake shook Haiti in January 2010, and the country and its people are still recovering. The quake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale, left thousands homeless. Now nearly 1,000 Haitians have found relief in temporary shelters thanks to Haitian Relief & Missions (HRM).

The shelters feature windows and solid floors, walls, doors and roofs. The walls and floors are made from LP® SmartSide® siding. Because of Haiti’s tropical climate, the siding is an excellent solution for these shelters. LP SmartSide siding is engineered with zinc borate, which helps protect against fungal decay and termite damage.

“We’ve erected 200 custom-designed 8-foot by 16-foot shelters with more in the works,” said Steve Miller, chairman of HRM. “For Haitian people in desperate need, this is a very livable place for temporary housing.” Each unit includes a folding kitchen table, kitchen wares, one built-in bed, mattresses for adults and sleeping pads for children.

HRM has provided services to Haiti since 1984. “The majority of people in Haiti are still in extremely poor living conditions,” Miller said. “The Haitian economy is dependent on nongovernment organizations like HRM, which has no paid personnel stateside, to help these very poor people.”

For more information about Haitian Relief & Missions, visit

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