Following the devastating Haitian earthquake in January, 2010, 1.5 million people are homeless and even more are displaced. Haiti faces not only the immense physical challenge of feeding and housing all those affected, but a social challenge as well. Displacement uproots communities and disrupts the social networks that provide survivors support, leaving survivors alone and vulnerable at the time they're most in need of those networks.
We work with local communities and encourage survivors to take ownership of small scale recovery projects. By engaging with survivors we can help rebuild communities and strengthen survivors' capacity to cope with the demands of long-term recovery.
By involving disaster survivors in the process of developing projects, we'll help give survivors back a sense of control and empower communities. Once empowered, survivors will be more able to direct their own recovery long after we've left.