Thank you again for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake. As always, we’re committed to keeping you updated on how your donations have been used to help in the recovery effort for people in Haiti. In this report we will be highlighting two of the organizations that are working on the ground with your support.
Architecture for Humanity and their project is Earthquakes Don’t Kill; Buildings Do: REBUILD HAITI. Architecture for Humanity has responded to the crisis in Haiti with Earthquakes Don’t Kill; Buildings Do: REBUILD HAITI – a long term rebuilding plan that has designed, developed, and implemented community centers, schools and sustainable housing.
Recently, Architecture for Humanity begun its Education through the Arts program focused on civic arts. They believe that the rebuilding of Haiti is essential, but so is remembering its history. The cultural past and present of Haiti cannot be forgotten as the country builds for future generations. As a result, the REBUILD Haiti project has instituted the civic arts program. The civic arts program will engage schools to teach students about the impact civic art has on a community.
Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance (VIDA) has also been working on the ground to bring Medical Supplies for Hospitals in Haiti. Immediately following the devastating earthquake, VIDA took action to ensure that medical supplies were delivered to Haiti.
Recognizing the great need that has persisted the past two years, VIDA has not only sought to bring medical aid to Cayes Jacmel, but they have now expanded their reach. Gymboree made a generous donation of $100,000 in children’s clothing to the city. Also, VIDA has sent over $50,000 in respiratory supplies. For every $1 collected, VIDA is able to send $150 in aid.
Architecture for Humanity and VIDA are continuing to assist Haiti with their rebuilding efforts through the people of Haiti. Connecting with people on the ground is essential because each community is unique and must be looked at individually. Both of these organizations have accomplished grassroots-level work.
Thank you for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake, which supports the people of Haiti and the work of GlobalGiving partner organizations like Architecture for Humanity and VIDA.
For this month’s project report for the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake, we would like to feature one of the organizations that the fund supports: Lambi Fund of Haiti. Established in 1994, the Lambi Fund has offices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and in Washington, DC, USA, and supports “peasant-led community organizations” working in the fields of sustainable development, non-violence, and gender equality. Many of the Lambi Fund’s projects provide capital for community associations to plant seedlings, establish coffee, sugarcane, or livestock farms, invest in more efficient farming technology, and purchase or restore grain mills to produce high quality ground corn and millet.
One of the Lambi Fund of Haiti’s new projects will be supporting the Youth Association of Sel (AJS) as it builds a grain storage facility and starts a microcredit fund. These twin efforts are designed to respond to two needs within the community of Sel, Haiti. The first need is for affordable high-quality grain and seeds for farmers. The second need is for access to credit at a low interest rate so that local farmers can purchase the seeds and equipment necessary for self-sustaining farms. The Lambi Fund will provide training for the community members in project management and grain storage so that participants can manage their resources themselves. As farmers gain access to better farming supplies, their businesses will become stronger. Loan repayments will be reinvested in the community, providing wider access to credit for the residents of Sel. Ultimately, improved access to credit and resources should revitalize agriculture and generate employment in the area, so that the residents of Sel can kickstart their own businesses and build a stronger Haiti.
The Lambi Fund of Haiti has many projects, of which this partnership is only one. Thank you again for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake, which supports the people of Haiti and the work of GlobalGiving partner organizations such as The Lambi Fund of Haiti.
You are receiving this email because you donated to the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake, and we want to update you on what our partner organizations have been implementing with your help. As you might expect, disaster relief doesn’t last forever. Our partners have refocused their efforts on rebuilding and strengthening local capacity in areas such as health and information so that Haitians can continue rebuilding their homes, their communities, and their country long after disaster funds move on.
It has been over two years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. According to UN OCHA, the earthquake killed over 200,000 and displaced approximately 2.3 million people. The GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake was established with your donations immediately following news of the quake.
International Medical Corps deployed an emergency team to Haiti immediately following the earthquake and is still active in Haiti today. They have been training local health workers to respond to medical needs in Haiti, including supporting existing cholera treatment centers by providing supplies and additional training. Another example of training provided by International Medical Corps: courses in emergency medicine for Haitian doctors. One such doctor, Dr. Hervé, was able to save the life of a patient by draining fluid from around his heart using what he’d learned after just one week of the course.
In partnership with Zanmi Lasante, a Haitian organization, Partners in Health runs hospitals and medical clinics and facilitates medical training programs, including a residency program that teaches doctors how to become family care physicians. In another important endeavor, Partners in Health is working with Haiti’s Ministry of Health to build a new hospital, Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital (see video here). The teaching hospital will be equipped with up-to-date technology and equipment for Haitian medical students and patients, preparing the next generation of Haiti’s medical practitioners to save lives every day.
In the months following the earthquake, the Internews Network found that its program, Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen (ENDK), meaning “News You Can Use,” was in extremely high demand. After producing over 450 programs, Internews is partnering with over 15 media organizations to exchange training and to build capacity so that its successful news format can be replicated by local organizations. In addition, Internews is supporting 19 Haitian researchers to create an independent research firm called BRESI, which provides bi-monthly research briefs to other non-governmental organizations and the Haitian government.
Haiti is rebuilding, but life is still difficult for many people. Over 500,000 people are still displaced from their homes and living in temporary camps. Cholera, a highly contagious disease, emerged in late 2010 and continues to threaten the health and lives of Haitians, with over 492,000 cases and 6,700 deaths associated with the disease as of November 2011.
Would you like to give to Haiti again? If you do decide to donate, you will be supporting the work of International Medical Corps, Partners in Health, Internews Network, and other GlobalGiving partners engaged in re-building a strong and healthy Haiti from the ground up.
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GlobalGiving’s partner organizations continue to make a positive impact for the long term construction of the country by continuing to provide medical care, food, and shelter, as well as engaging in the construction of schools. Below is a short update of the activities of some of the organizations that your donations have helped support:
Architecture for Humanity continues to progress in the building of schools and community centers. The Santo Community Development Plan, with Habitat for Humanity International, moves into its third phase of planning a fully-serviced development for 500 families. The school, École La Dignité, has completed foundation; slabs and walls are now going up. Meanwhile, builders are being trained in safer building practices as foundations are being dug.
Deep Springs International has partnered with local leaders and health agents, as well as large-scale actors like UNICEF and DINEPA (the Haitian government’s Directorate of Water and Sanitation). The partnership with DINEPA aims to provide 260,000 families, or over 1.2 million individuals, with Gadyen Dlo, DSI’s locally produced chlorine product.
VIDA has supported a medical team (headed by Haitian born physician, Alix J.Magloire, Chief of Medicine at the Oakland Veterans Administration Clinic) working at a healthcare center in Cayes Jacmal. They are treating people for infectious diseases such as malaria, gastrointestinal disease, cardiac, metabolic diseases and orthopedic issues. Infectious diseases continue to be widespread due to poor infrastructure and clean water.
The Lambi Fund of Haiti is engaged in eight new projects are starting throughout the country that will strengthen communities and create important means for sustainable incomes. One project is a sheep breeding project for which 44 sheep will be purchased to start breeding and workshops for training in sheep farming will be provided.
Save the Children has more staff in place, with an estimate of 430 national and international staff present in Haiti at the end of the year. Save the Children aims to take advantage of this opportunity to better coordinate programs and support services provided as part of the earthquake relief effort.
Thank you again for your continued support to Haiti’s rebuilding efforts.
A year and a half after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the effects of the damage are still being felt. Immediate relief emergency activities are winding down, and organizations supported through your donation to the GlobalGiving Haiti fund are investing more in their long-term rebuilding efforts in the country. From injury rehabilitation centers to infrastructure rebuilding, these organizations are working to improve conditions for all those affected in the country. And they are having an impact of the lives of many.Roselette Dupervil, 23, is one of those impacted by your donation. Roselette had always dreamed of becoming a civil engineer, but never had the opportunity to pursue these studies. After the earthquake she heard about a program that CHF International was running to train Haitians in earthquake-affected areas to operate heavy machinery. Roselette joined the program and is now the only female operator on a construction team removing the rubble that still remains throughout the country. “I love being on my engine and working,” says Roselette. “What I love most is land boring to make roads, making the openings. I get a great feeling of satisfaction when they give me a plan to go bore a way through the foot of a mountain. It is difficult work with a mountain that has a lot of cliffs, but one has to do it.”From providing medical supplies to preparing for the upcoming hurricane season, the organizations that your donation helped support are working hard to rebuild Haiti. Below is a short update about some of these activities:Deep Springs International is currently serving over 40,000 families by giving chlorine to purify their water. Through this work they are providing jobs for over 260 Haitians and helping to curb the cholera outbreak.International Medical Corps is preparing for the upcoming hurricane season by training doctors and nurses, holding disaster drills at local hospitals, employing the “train the trainer” to spread emergency response information to churches, schools, and community members. They are also fighting the cholera outbreak by operating cholera treatment centers.The Lambi Fund of Haiti is implementing the use of the oxen plowing system with local Haitian peasant farmers to improve crop seasons.Save the Children is constructing safer school for Haitian children that are more hurricane and earthquake resistant. These buildings are the first of their kind and will better protect the children who learn within their walls.VIDA is planning a three-year program to annually ship medical supplies and equipment to hospitals in Haiti. They are also supporting Haitian physicians who are running a clinic that serves about 3,000 people.MADRE is working with its local partner KOFAVIV, which runs a women’s center for rape victims. Sexual violence is on the rise in displacement camps where many earthquake survivors currently live. The KOFAVIV center provides counseling to help these women recover.
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