VHP and the Duchity community is honored to host David Casey each June for 3 weeks. 2017 was his 6th year working alongside laborers and students helping to support the work of the construction/mason bosses building the vocational school. This year his efforts, combined with the generous funding from his family and friends, initiated the first phase of the community center space. As David says- it is the 'Power of Us'.
To quote from his 2017 winter appeal- "A year ago, my good friend Bob asked me, 'Why Haiti? Why not Appalachia?' It may be a question that's crossed your mind as well. My short answer: Medicaid, Social Security, Food Stamps, Welfare, ACA, Free Public Education, Medicare, Public Housing Agency, and FEMA. There is NO social safety net in Haiti. Americans have rightful complaints about our government, but until you spend time in a country where government aid is virtually non-existent, you don't realize how debilitating a natural disaster or a dysfunctional economy can be."
Read David's 2017 report: