Though Elvis Dumervil was born in Miami and has lived in the United States his whole life, his roots are n Haiti. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti, and Dumervil recently returned there to check on the progress of his rebuilding project in Bercy, on the western part of Haiti.
In honor of his No. 58 jersey, the Ravens’ linebacker is working with the New Story charity to build 58 homes for families in Haiti. Over the weekend, 24 of the 58 families moved into their new homes.
And if all goes well, this is only the start. Dumervil hopes to help build 250 homes in a new community in Haiti, at $6,500 apiece. He’s encouraging fellow players to join in the cause, contributing one home for each milestone, such as a touchdown or interception.
“Safe homes are the foundation that give kids the opportunity for better education, health and athletic dreams,” New Story CEO Brett Hagler said in a news release. “Elvis and I hit it off because we both had the same vision of a thriving community — not just one-off housing. We’re now on a mission to fund and build an extraordinary 250-home NFL Community.”
New Story estimates 6,500 people are still displaced by the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010.
The charity, in concert with the Ravens, released a video of Dumervil welcoming a few of those people into their new homes.
Dumervil has returned home now and is preparing to start his 11th season with training camp in late July. He played all 16 games last year but underwent a preventative procedure on his foot soon after the season ended and missed organized team activities and minicamp.