WeWorld has been in Haiti since 2010 when a devastating earthquake struck the island, causing over 220,000 victims and the spread of a terrible cholera epidemic.
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its economy has repeatedly been hit by political crises and a series of devastating natural disasters. It is estimated that 59% of Haitians live in poverty and 25% in conditions of extreme poverty. The economic vulnerability of most Haitian families, the weakness of the institutions and infrastructures as well as the environmental degradation make Haiti one of the countries most subject to the negative consequences of natural shocks.
Beyond the emergency
Our intervention is based on the pursuit of endogenous, sustainable and inclusive development, which enhances local resources and skills. We work to foster soil protection, reforestation and water management, ensuring the improvement of the working conditions and an increase in income for hundreds of farmers and for their families at the border of the country, affected by long periods of drought and by a very high rate of deforestation.
We intervene in favour of the most vulnerable groups of the population with actions to improve health services, in particular in the fight against malnutrition through diagnosis and nutritional recovery. Likewise, we have supported the creation of food safety networks based on local supply.
In Haiti we work to strengthen non-governmental organisations and to support local democracy and decentralisation processes, which are fundamental elements in order to assure the redistribution of wealth and development. Thousands of organisations have been accompanied in a process of training, technical assistance and in the establishment of municipal and departmental networks in order to be able to communicate effectively with the local authorities.