Not any more

Quebec performer to help rebuild Haiti

In Canada on August 12, 2010 at 14:23
Luck Mervil will be working with Vilaj Vilaj, an initiative to build homes in Haiti from recycled shipping containers, like the one seen here on display in Montreal  Aug. 11, 2011.Luck Mervil will be working with Vilaj Vilaj, an initiative to build homes in Haiti from recycled shipping containers, like the one seen here on display in Montreal Aug. 11, 2011. (CBC)

Quebec artist Luck Mervil is leaving his show business career behind indefinitely to help build a village in Haiti.

Mervil will leave for Haiti on Thursday to work with an organization called Vilaj Vilaj, an initiative to build homes out recycled shipping containers.

The singer-songwriter and actor was born in Port-au-Prince, but his family moved to Quebec when he was a child.

Mervil has been a Quebec star since the 1990s, when he gained fame with his band Rudeluck. He said he now wants to dedicate himself full-time to helping out the Caribbean country in the aftermath of January’s earthquake.

“What I’m about to do right now is far more important than my job, far more important than me,” said Mervil.

“It’s about helping people.”

Mervil said there are more than 7,000 shipping containers sitting abandoned at the Port-au-Prince port.

“These cubes when you put them on the floor … right away, they’re anti-hurricane,” said Mervil.

“You can shake them as much as you want, there is no way an earthquake is going to have them falling,” the singer said.

“It’s actually a home, a real home,” said Mervil.

Quebec artist, Luck Mervil, said he's taking a break from show business to help the Haitian people.Quebec artist, Luck Mervil, said he’s taking a break from show business to help the Haitian people. (CBC)

Vilaj Vilaj is hoping to build an entire village out of shipping containers, capable of housing 5,000 Haitians.

Mervil said he needs only 800 containers to complete the project.

A plot of land near Leogane has already been chosen for the village, and cameras will continually follow the progress of the initiative to ensure transparency and accountability.

via cbc.ca

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: