Challenges Facing Haiti
Political and environmental instability leads to entrenched poverty.Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Americas. It has the highest rates of childhood malnutrition, disease and mortality. Rebuilding from 2010’s earthquake is slow. As of late 2012, an estimated 500,000 people remain displaced. Disaster aid has been poorly coordinated and in some cases misapplied, leading to a lack of sustainable progress in rebuilding and recovery. Cholera and the lack of clean, safe water remain major drivers of poor health, especially among children under five. Agricultural production is susceptible to frequent natural disasters, and endemic poverty has sapped impoverished Haitians’ resilience to ongoing environmental and political crises.
Where We Are Going
Facilitating sustainable development for and with the communities that need it.CFTC’s Theory of Change aims to support a Haiti where: Community-based initiatives that provide sustainable, long-term solutions to food insecurity are in place and achieving demonstrable improvements in household income and the rates of malnutrition. Agricultural production is enhanced through ‘train-the-trainer’ programs delivered through local farm-based organizations. Higher farm yields result in greater dietary diversity and economic empowerment in communities. Education and early childhood care is available to orphans and vulnerable children – these include in-school feeding programs and nutritional status monitoring.
How We Are Getting There
Facilitating community-based development through capacity building.
CFTC partner OMES has five mobile clinics in circulation (three at Cameau and two at Courjeolles). They provide medical examinations and treatments for fever, diarrhea and flu, vitamin A supplements and mosquito net distribution, and nutritional status monitoring to identify and support children at risk for malnutrition.
Agricultural Training & Supports
CFTC’s local partners support imcreased agricultural yields, dietary diversity and household income by distributing tools, seeds, mango and banana seedlings, and providing training on farming techniques.
Local Capacity Building
CFTC has worked with FICOSA on post-earthquake reconstruction projects, including rebuilding the girls’ dorm at House of Hope Orphanage, and completing a CIDA-funded irrigation system outside Léogâne which has improved crop production for thousands of farmers in the Bongnotte-Léogâne area.
CFTC supported the distribution of emergency supplies for families affected by Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. Supplies included food rations, bean seeds and hens for egg production, improving the food security of 1,500 families.
Education, Nutrition & Health Care for OVCs
Orphans and vulnerable children at House of Hope Orphanage have access to high-quality formal primary and secondary education, proper nutrition and health care in a loving, family atmosphere.
Genevieve Drouin Regional Program Manager Americas
Partners in Change
Community-based partners alleviate the burden of poverty for Haitians.
House of Hope Orphanage
House of Hope’s mission is to promote the integration of orphaned, abandoned or vulnerable children in Gressier and in Haiti at large, by creating an environment in which they can learn, grow and attain a self-sufficient adulthood.
Organisation de la Mission Evangelique Salem (OMES)
OMES works to promote a better quality of life for children living in vulnerable communities in Haiti. They reduce the impact of malnutrition on children by providing vitamins, micronutrient supplements and enriched milk through mobile and brick-and-mortar clinics. OMES also distributes plantain plants, watermelon seeds and fertilizers through a food security program that improves agricultural practices and harvest yields.
Service Oecuménique d’Entraide (SOE)
SOE improves the nutritional status of children and pregnant women, increases awareness of hygienic practices at the household level, increases knowledge on diseases including cholera, HIV/AIDS and other STDs and improves water and sanitation in targeted communities. They offer nutritional supplements to malnourished children and construct latrines for targeted households, training community members on water treatment and maintenance of cisterns, and increasing access to potable water.
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