Haiti

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IsraAID is empowering local communities to thrive, launching a variety of projects aimed towards specific community needs. Working both in the capital and three rural villages around the Léogâne area (the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake), our approach is a holistic one, focusing on improved access to education, economic development, mental health psycho-social support, medical support, relief aid, agriculture development, community development and combating gender-based violence.

January 12th, 2010, a massive earthquake devastated Haiti. More than 315,000 people lost their lives, 300,000 more were injured, and a total of 2 million lost their homes. Nearly six years later, Haiti is still struggling to recover and we are on site providing ongoing support.


Statistics

Population
10,255,600
Life Expectancy
62 Years
Human Development Rank
161 (out of 186)
National Poverty Rate
78%
Mean Schooling Years (adults)
4.9
Gender Inequality Rank
127 (out of 186)
Food Insecurity
68%
Léogâne Unemployment Rate
80%
Income Spent on Food
60% (6% in the USA)

IsraAID and Haiti

Four days after the devastating Haiti earthquake, January 2010, IsraAID arrived with an initial focus on providing emergency aid and support. During this time we realized to what extent the after effects of the devestating quake have had on the communities. Six years later we are on site regularily developing and implementing various different types of short and long term programs focused on community needs.

IsraAID has been supporting, educating and finding innovative ways for communities to thrive. We have succesfully been providing mental health psycho social support, medical support, relief aid, agriculture development, community development, gender based violence and education support throughout the country. 

IsraAID's relief efforts included:

  • Relief Aid Ditribution, Search & Rescue, and Medical Care - 22 Professionals treated over 3,700 people in 27 days, and provided psychological care to hundreds more 
  • Post-Trauma - Sent teams to assess the situation and adjust to incorporate culturally sensitive techniques. Training provided for teachers in over four school to help identify PTSD within youth and making classroom group interventions
  • Physical Rehabilitation - Sent 10 volunteers over 4 months to help rehabilitate injured children
  • Social Programming/Youth Leadership - Working with 2 community centres, supporting 2 schools and a youth group 
  • Agriculture - Theoretical and practical training for 75 local farmers for 6 months on 2 demontration plots
  • Income Generation 
  • Woman Empowerment - Gender based violence training for local partners. Psychosocial teams of feminine organizations
  • Psycho-social support - Conducted numerous psycho-social training for over 50 local caregivers, professionals and managers

Our Projects

  • Fighting Urban Gender-Based Violence in Port-Au-PrinceFighting Urban Gender-Based Violence in Port-Au-Prince

    Our professional trainers are leading workshops on new methods of counseling and case-management for community agents working with GBV survivors in the Port-au-Prince area

  • Haiti GrowsHaiti Grows

    Combatting Haiti's food security crisis and revolutionizing local agriculture in Léogâne - Project successfully phased out

  • Klinik KominotéKlinik Kominoté

    Provide medical services after the earthquake devastated Haiti's already notoriously poor health care services - Project Successfully Phased Out

  • DAM DAM DAM DAM

    Empowering women by providing an eco-friendly handicraft cooperative - Program successfully phased out

  • LEAP (Léogâne Educational Access Project)LEAP (Léogâne Educational Access Project)

    To reach long term sustainability, we are focusing on economic development, and promoting the next generation of community leaders and educators in Haiti - Project successfully phased out

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Fighting Urban Gender-Based Violence in Port-Au-Prince

Our professional trainers are leading workshops on new methods of counseling and case-management for community agents working with GBV survivors in the Port-au-Prince area

We are currently developing a new expert training program for community agents who work with victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the Port-au-Prince area.  We have established a partnership with KOFAVIV, a local organization that provides a wide variety of services for GBV survivors in the capital city. The training is geared at both female and male community agents and will focus on methods of identification and counseling as well as post-trauma assistance, combining traditional and alternative approaches.

Goals

  • Strengthen the capacity of local female and male professionals who directly work with GBV survivors
  • Provide knowledge of traditional and alternative methods of counseling and post-trauma assistance
  • Address needs and concerns relevant to the target population and the specific location
  • Provide hands-on case simulations together with methods of coping/addressing the different scenarios
  • Improve case management skills
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Haiti Grows

Combatting Haiti's food security crisis and revolutionizing local agriculture in Léogâne - Project successfully phased out

The Haiti Grows model was developed as a response to the food security crisis, and aims to bring leading Israeli technology to Haiti, while catering to the specific needs of the local environment. The program offers 6 months of agriculture training that combine theory with practical learning through the joint development of a demonstration farm. Farmers are then connected to a local micro-financier to set-up their own garden, and are also connected to the Haiti Grows network of local and national buyers. In this way, Haiti Grows is able to provide a complete package to local farmers, and support them from the classroom to the supermarket.

To date, Haiti Grows has trained over 75 farmers, and facilitated the sale of over 1 ton of vegetables.

Goals

  • Increase the agriculture output of local villagers
  • Improve the nutritional content of local diets
  • Strengthen community cooperation in agricultural activities through cooperatives
  • Increase resistance to climate and market fluctuations
  • Stimulate the creation of surplus cash for family needs such as education, health care, etc...
  • Promote self-sustainability through local agricultural micro-financing

Achievements

  • Over 75 farmers trained from 3 different villages
  • 2 demonstration farms erected
  • More than 1 ton of vegetables harvested and sold
  • Developed a network of 10 local and national buyers, including large supermarkets and restaurant chains
  • Created the 'Haiti Grows' quality brand
  • Improved the income-generating potential of over 300 villagers
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Klinik Kominoté

Provide medical services after the earthquake devastated Haiti's already notoriously poor health care services - Project Successfully Phased Out

The Klinik Kominoté model was developed in response to the significant loss of medical health care services that were unfortunately already insuficient prior to when the quake had struck. This program offered medical care, and free medicine to citizens. Our program was staffed by a 6 member local medical team. Foreign medical volunteers provided support and additional training. A mobile clinic traveled to villages on a weekly basis. Extra health education & psycho-social counselling was provided. We were ultimately successful at opening a clinic Novemeber 2010.  

 

Goals

  • Provide quality medical services to the residents who otherwise would have not had the opportunity to receive adequate care 
  • Improve the quality of medical health services

Achievements

  • More than 12000 patients came through the clinic 
  • The mobile clinic treated over 1000 people with no permanent access to medical facilities
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DAM DAM

Empowering women by providing an eco-friendly handicraft cooperative - Program successfully phased out

In Haiti, women are deeply marginalized. Since the tremor, incidences of violence against women have risen dramatically. DAM DAM, or ‘Women Women’ in Creole was created to empower woman and create employment opportunities within the community. The project is operated by a network of 75 women from IsraAID’s 3 rural communities.

 

 

Goals

  • Provide income generating employment
  • Empower women

Achievements

 

  • Provided trainings in recycled handicraft making, business strategy, management, and marketing
  • Created a brand that is sold both nationally and internationally
  • Operated by a network of over 75 women
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LEAP (Léogâne Educational Access Project)

To reach long term sustainability, we are focusing on economic development, and promoting the next generation of community leaders and educators in Haiti - Project successfully phased out

In August 2010, TBT and IsraAID began working in the rural areas of Léogâne, the epicenter of the earthquake. The projects in this region revolve around three community centers, which provide access to adult education, diversion activities and leadership training for youth, and activities for children. Additionally, a women’s craft cooperative was set up in order to provide an economic platform for women.  A primary health care clinic was also established in cooperation with the Delaney Bay Foundation. The project was entitled LEAP after the name of the community center - the Léogâne Educational Access Project (LEAP) - which aims to increase education levels and provide livelihood skills for the greater Léogâne area. 

Goals

  • The establishment of an educational and vocational training center in Léogâne, Haiti
  • Increasing access to educational opportunity
  • Increasing access to vocational training
  • Developing the potential of youth leadership
  • Availability of cultural and recreational activities
  • Strengthening of community through education and the promotion of volunteerism

Achievements

  • Established 3 community centers and 1 central institution in the greater Léogâne region offering adult education and community development activities, reaching over 30,000 people
  • Trained and mentored 1 successful women’s craft cooperative (DAM DAM) that supports 75 women and their families
  • Founded a local clinic serving the greater Leogane area that treated 60-70 patients a day for over 2 years
  • Facilitated the creation of a successful youth leadership group, who regularly implement activities for the community