Since the October 2016 Hurricane Matthew, Peace Winds has been working in Haiti in the area of Saint Jean du Sud. We helped rebuild homes and replace school roofs. We provided teaching kits, blackboards, and provided school supplies to 2,000 students. We are now training carpenters and masons in disaster resistant construction to ensure future disasters will not devastate communities.
Haiti is extremely vulnerable to disasters, leaving many residents and communities trapped in a pattern of losing homes and rebuilding after disaster only to lose and rebuild again. Peace Winds does and did quickly deliver relief assistance. The local community and Peace Winds realize the best assistance is to train the residents to construct disaster resistant structures. Together we can alleviate this cyclical pattern of destruction and rebuilding which disrupts lives and livelihoods.
Peace Winds is providing training to local residents, instructing carpenters and masons in disaster resistant construction techniques so new construction can withstand disasters. Peace Winds will deliver quality construction skills and coaching to the community. Those trained will employ their skills constructing disaster resistant homes, centers, and schools bringing stability to the communities.
Training local residents to build disaster resistant structures will result in homes and schools able to withstand natural disasters. Trained masons and carpenters will construct community centers to practice and demonstrate their skills. The community centers will provide after-school activities for children and additional livelihood training. In addition, these disaster resistant community centers are reliable gathering spaces after emergencies.