Most Haitians live in remote areas with no government services. Their challenges have grown since corporations set their sights on Haiti's minerals and tourism potential. Those forced off their lands have migrated to urban slums, where they barely survive. While rural farmers have other long-term needs, the first step lies in securing their land rights. This requires communities to unify and link to strong global support, to win campaigns through publicity, political pressure and legal action.
Our action plans have been developed with Haitian communities to: map land threats, learn what has worked elsewhere, develop popular education and media materials, collaborate with advocacy networks in the US and Latin America, connect with the international land rights movement, and WIN.
Many thousands of desperately poor, rural Haitians have the possibility to keep the land their slave ancestors won after the revolution, continue growing food, and preserve their culture and community. Their solution is to stop their government, large landholders, and foreign corporations from grabbing the land and expropriating the communities, and legally secure their land tenure.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Our recent article on impacts of Haitian tourism
Another Haiti is Possible - Other Worlds Program