Haiti has a population of more than 10 million inhabitants and three fourths of the population live in a situation of poverty and more than half (55%) live in extreme poverty. These are the highest rates in all of the Americas. Hurricane Mathew recently hit the coasts of Haiti, leaving more than 1,000 dead and 175,000 displaced.
Upon identifying the necessities along with the affected families, we outlined the following goals:
- To build 500 emergency houses in affected communities.
- To benefit 3,000 people.
- To mobilise 4,000 local volunteers and foreigners.
- To generate Work Tables in order to guarantee a permanent job and community between the volunteers and the residents.
- To promote collaborative efforts and the empowerment of the community in order to reach new opportunities.
TECHO AND HAITI
TECHO has worked in distinct countries in emergency efforts along with the populations that live in the informal settlements. The earthquake in Peru (2007) and in Chile (2010) as well as the floods in Paraguay are some examples.
In Haiti, the work began with the earthquake in 2010, after the sanitary emergency, with a primary focus on the construction of emergency homes that until date reached a total of 2,446 which allowed the arrival of 10,762 people that worked with volunteers from different places in Latin America for its realisation. In the years before, the work was increased with the mobilisation of more than 7,000 young Haitian volunteers and the development of diverse infrastructure projects like the construction of a cistern for water supply in La Hatte, the installation of public lighting in La Digue and the construction of a community school in Gariche Prince. Always with the objective of promoting the strengthening and the organisation of communities in poverty.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Does TECHO work in the zone that was affected by the hurricane?
TECHO began its work in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and is now working in 6 communities in the Ouest Department (Gariche Prince, La Digue, La Hatte, Onaville o, Onaville ba, and Royal).
- Do you have on-site information about the damage in the communities?
All of the communities where TECHO works have been affected by Hurricane Matthew in one way or the other, that is at the level of things that support the houses, the gardens or the level of health and currently the epidemic that is affecting a large part of the population.
- Will it be necessary to mobilise volunteers from other countries for the construction?
Based on the amount that has been raised, the number of houses that will be build will be set, after which the dates of the construction will be announced and information will be made available for persons from other countries interested in joining.
- How will the money that is raised be used?
The money that is raised, through applications to companies, International Cooperation organisations, and crowdfunding campaigns will be used for the construction of homes for affected families.
- When will the reconstruction process begin?
The local team is currently working on raising necessary information in order to define where we will begin and what will benefit the families initially. The date of the first intervention will be between the last week of November to the first week of December and will have a number of construction activities that are necessary in order to give families housing solutions within the limits of the finances we can obtain.
- What are the eligibility requirements that a family needs in order to be selected?
The eligibility requirements that a family needs to meet in order to be selected for housing construction are centred on the characteristics that are presented in three measures:
>Family vulnerability – this refers to the risk of being in a situation of socioeconomic scarcity. These indicators will allow us to identify essential elements.
>Quality of housing – Housing characteristics in regards to the standard of housing, functionality and state (housing precariousness), with an emphasis on information that allows the construction of indicators that refer to the presence and quality of the material, the cleanup, the overcrowding and the ownership of the site and the house.
>Risk of terrain – the living space has two basic measures: the interior or house that meets the necessary requirements of protection, shelter and rest, between others and an exterior or environment that provides the bases and the conditions for adequate satisfaction.
- What will happen with the other pending projects for execution that have already been planned?
The projects that were planned to be executed will be modified as necessary in regards to the starting time, but the proposals and the goals have already assigned.
- Where is the information obtained from?
On-site information and coordination with other civil society organisations.