After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the nation received a massive influx of humanitarian assistance. However, assistance was not always allocated in such a way as to respect human rights. In some cases, it was distributed in poor conditions, where people had to line up for hours to receive food assistance, or without taking into account the real needs of communities.
Haiti: An unprecedented catastrophe and long-term response
The fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti is an opportunity for Development and Peace to honour all of the direct and indirect victims of this terrible earthquake and to reiterate our deep and ongoing commitment to the most vulnerable.
Our Haiti reconstruction program is the most extensive ever carried out by Development and Peace in one country, and remains one of our most important programs.
Considerable efforts were made from the start to determine and understand how best to provide humanitarian assistance in an urban environment like that of Haiti. Projects were continuously adapted to problems and situations specific to the context in which they were being implemented.
In the following pages, we present the projects that were carried out by Development and Peace with our partners in Haiti in the five years following the earthquake. These projects provided humanitarian aid, and addressed issues of reconstruction, human rights, food security and food sovereignty.
More than four years after the violent earthquake that struck Haiti and left an indelible mark on the collective memory of all Haitians, Development and Peace hosted an event in Haiti today to celebrate the completion of its housing reconstruction project in Ti-Boucan (Gressier).
On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti, there are neither particular preparations nor special expectations in the streets of Port-au-Prince. There are no plans on the part of civil society, and there are only rumours that the government will organize something to commemorate this sad event.
No need to be in Haiti itself to realize that the world of reconstruction of this country is both disparate and complex, and to see the variety of initiatives that have burst on the scene there.
April 17th marked International Day of Peasant Struggles. This day was launched in Eldorado dos Carajas, Brazil, in 1996, after the assassination of 19 peasants who were members of Brazil’s Landless Rural Workers' Movement (MST), a Development and Peace partner.
Since the earthquake of January 12, 2010, Development and Peace has been supporting a number of reconstruction projects put forward by various Haitian civil society partners.
On the occasion of the Good Friday Fast, a number of people are preparing to raise funds in solidarity with Development and Peace so as to support our partners in Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East. Hundreds of Canadians from all across the nation will be taking part. Fasting represents a symbolic choice in favour of solidarity with the poor, the oppressed, and the hungry, and provides a time-out to concentrate on what really matters.
The Year of Faith, declared by Pope Benedict is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta fidei 6). Throughout the Year of Faith, Catholics are being urged to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.
A crowd of nearly 300 people gathered in Ti-Boucan on February 5, 2013 for the inauguration ceremony in honour of our house-construction project.
Three years after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, Development and Peace is today inaugurating the first 50 houses of its 400-house construction project in Ti-Boucan (in the municipality of Gressier) in the presence of Haitian and Canadian officials, religious authorities and the media.
Development and Peace’s housing project in Haiti would not be possible without the residents of Ti-Boucan, the workers and craftsmen in the factory that was set up to create the materials, and the Institut de technologie et d’animation communautaire (ITECA). And after several months of non-stop work, the first houses are springing up from the ground!
Mr. Franklin Montina is the Justice of the Peace responsible for the commune of Gressier. In the Haitian judicial system, the justice of the peace is responsible for a variety of issues having to do with civil, criminal, commercial and correctional or criminal law. Thus, he receives the deliberations of family councils and accusations of misdemeanours or crimes within his jurisdiction, but he is also responsible for ascertaining that families are actually the owners of the land on which they build their houses.
Madame Yvonne Delcamize Simon is a 62-year-old widow who has lived her entire life in Ti-Boucan. Her father left his house to her and she lived in it until the earthquake of January 12, 2010.
Micheline and her husband Jean-Philippe, AKA Frantzé, are going to live with their 12-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son in their brand new house. They will receive the keys to their new house next Tuesday at the project's official inauguration.
Interview with Jean-Claude Jean, manager of the Development and Peace office in Haiti. He is responsible for overseeing the reconstruction program and monitoring projects.
Three years after the earthquake, what is the situation in Haiti? Can we consider that the emergency is definitively behind us?
If we look around today, we can see that things have changed in Haiti, especially in Port-au-Prince, even if it is as simple as the absence in the streets of the tons of rubble and debris left behind by the earthquake.
Haiti is commemorating the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake that wreaked havoc on the island on January 12, 2010. Already present...
The Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI) is hosting a Forum on Haiti on May 9th and 10th to discuss the work of the various organizations from Quebec and Canada that are working on post-earthquake reconstructio
A Development and Peace project will soon result in new permanent houses for 450 to 475 earthquake-affected families in Haiti...
In their mission report, the president and vice president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) note that, “Development and Peace has earned a reputation in Haiti for its sense of partnership, respect for the capacity of the local community, and insistence on a sustainable, long-term approach to projects.”
It has been two years since Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that sent this already impoverished nation into a state of emergency ...
In December 2011, a joint CCCB-Development and Peace delegation travelled to Haiti to visit some of the reconstruction projects supported by Development and Peace. They met with...
"It's not the earthquake that is the root cause of all these damages and all this loss of life. The real cause is rather in our way of living and the way we inhabit this piece of land." That is what the Haitian National Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace said in a recent paper entitled "Should Haiti Be Left to Die?"
On the porch of the Fanm Deside house in Jacmel, Medjine Adonis, whom we met yesterday, was awaiting the return of the members of the delegation from their day of field visits in the countryside. Speaking to the Most Reverend Richard Smith, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, this woman who has been living in a tent in a camp since January 12, 2010, said: “Your Excellency, pray for us.” And the Archbishop of Edmonton replied, "And you, madam, pray for us!"
"I've been living in tents since January 12, 2010," says Medjine Adonis. "Fortunately, Fanm Deside is there to help us." Services are rudimentary in these makeshift camps. These little canvas houses don't have a door. Consequence: constant insecurity. Theft and rape are commonplace. And there are injured women who have been victims of sexual violence coming to Fanm Deside in Jacmel every day.
Today we're in Duval, a remote village an hour from the capital. There are 34 houses here that were built with subsidies from Caritas. The house of Marie-Rose Kébreau is sandwiched between two buildings. To the right is what remains of the house she occupied before the 2010 earthquake. On the left is the makeshift temporary house she built out of sheet metal and wood.
Up into the mountains today just outside of Port-au-Prince. The goal was to visit some of the projects of the Port-au-Prince bureau of Caritas Haiti which are supported by Development and Peace. We spent hours on steep and unbelievably rough mountain roads, largely washed away by the deluges of the rainy seasons. (Someone remind me NEVER AGAIN to complain about the quality of Edmonton streets!)
The place where Father Miguel Jean Baptiste asks us to meet him doesn't exactly inspire complete confidence. There can be no doubt that this building was heavily damaged during the earthquake of January 12, 2010. From the street, we can see that the roof on the right side has been twisted and that there are stones missing.
We returned this morning from Hinch to Port-au-Prince. Words simply cannot describe the squalor in which thousands upon thousands are striving to live in this city. Yet words are even more inadequate in the face of the interior devastation wreaked upon thousands of children who are referred to as the "restavek". This is creole for the French "reste avec" (stay with). It refers to the terrible reality of what amounts to human trafficking. Families in the city "acquire", through intermediaries, children of the country to do domestic work in their homes.
"It was no good living on the street with young children," says the young father we meet in the model village initiated by Mouvman Peyizan Papay (Papaye Peasants' Movement), a longstanding partner of Development and Peace.
Walgens Pierre Jean and Patrick Lafontant, two young Haitian painters, have good reason to be proud. Their works, large paintings on the theme of reconstruction, are currently on display at the Musée du Pantheon National Museum in Port-au-Prince.
The President and Vice-President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be in Haiti from December 14th to the 21st, 2011 ...
When I visited the Mère Delia Institute in Haiti last year, this all-girls’ school run by the Sisters of Immaculate Conception didn’t actually exist. The school had collapsed during the 2010 earthquake ...
One year after the earthquake in Haiti, progress has been slow. However, Development and Peace and its local partners are finding hope in the many steps forward that have been achieved in helping the ...
Development and Peace is supporting a housing reconstruction project in Haiti. The project is community-driven and will result in permanent houses for 1400 people. Watch the video.
Watch a slideshow of life in post-earthquake Haiti
When the earthquake of January 12th struck in Haiti, it spared no one from its destructive power. Many partner organizations of Development and Peace lost friends and family members, their homes, and even the offices out of which they pursue their work.
JACHA, a youth organization in Jacmel, has long been working to improve the future of Haiti by looking after two of the country's best resources: its youth and the environment.
It is just a few days before Hurricane Tomas could potentially storm through Haiti and further threaten the lives of Haitians, and radio host Francy Innocent is putting together radio messages explaining to people how best to prepare for this oncoming storm.
When Port-au-Prince was struck by a massive earthquake a year go, images of crumbled buildings filled television screens and newspapers. At the same time, however, hidden away in the mountains of Haiti an untold story was unfolding.
Fritz Ner-Sérénien remembers how he almost saw his wife and daughter die on that fateful day in January when the earthquake struck.
In the aftermath of the January 12th 2011 earthquake, even as religious communities faced their own losses and difficulties, they were immediately ready to get back to work to help those in need and Development and Peace wanted to stand in solidarity with them in their efforts.
The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order that was founded in Montreal by Délia Tétrault in 1902, has been striving to provide education to Haitian communities since the congregation arrived in the country in 1943.
Development and Peace has just announced its support for a cholera-prevention campaign in Haiti. The organization is sending $123,000 to Caritas ...
When a massive earthquake struck Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas on January 12th, Development and Peace immediately launched ...
Development and Peace has collected close to $20 million from Canadian donors to go towards ...
The Mouvement paysan Papaye (MPP), an association of small-scale farmers in Haiti that is supported by Development and Peace, organized ...
Brochure: The social solidarity economy in Haiti
The final part of Development and Peace’s reconstruction program in Haiti consists of putting in place a social solidarity economy program. This $3 million program is aimed at supporting the development of a dozen social enterprises involved in agriculture, poultry farming, textile production and handicrafts. The profits from these businesses will help fund the social programs offered by the organizations that launched them and help guarantee their financial autonomy.
Report: 5 years of action
The report Looking back on 5 years of action presents a summary of the reconstruction program put in place by Development and Peace in Haiti following the violent earthquake that hit the country on January 12th, 2010. It presents the humanitarian aid, human rights, reconstruction and food security activities that were carried out in collaboration with our local partners.Download:
On January 12, 2010, a violent earthquake registering 7 on the Richter scale struck Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, and the poorest in the western hemisphere. The fragile infrastructure of the country could not withstand the impact of the earthquake, and most of the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as surrounding areas such as Jacmel and Carrefour, were reduced to ruins. Development and Peace launched an urgent call for emergency relief, and collected $20 million in donations from Canadians from coast to coast. These funds enabled Development and Peace to respond to the urgent needs of the people of Haiti, and implement a community reconstruction plan for the country, with an emphasis on the rebuilding of infrastructure, food sovereignty, and human rights.
Two years after the earthquake, Development and Peace went to Haiti accompanied by a film crew to document the impact of its food sovereignty projects on local communities. By featuring examples of local initiatives supported by Development and Peace, this documentary reveals the challenges faced by peasants in Haiti as they work to improve their living conditions. It explains how food sovereignty is a development model that improves living conditions while providing an opportunity for Haiti to become self-sufficient.
Organize a screening in your community
We invite you to organize a screening of the documentary film On the Road to Food Sovereignty in your community. Development and Peace has created a Screening Guide to assist you in organizing a screening in order to raise awareness about the issue of world hunger and food sovereignty, which affects both people in the Global South as well as Canadians. A poster template is also provided to help you promote your event.
Click on the following link and save the file on your computer.
If you have trouble viewing the video, we highly recommend installing VLC media player, a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files.
A House For Life! Yon Kay Pou Lavi Fleri!
The question of housing continues to be a major challenge in Haiti, particularly after the devastating earthquake that struck the island on January 12th, 2010. Three years after the earthquake, approximately 350,000 people still live in camps, under tents or in makeshift shelters. The issues surrounding the reconstruction of houses remain, more than ever, at the heart of concerns for the most vulnerable communities.
On February 5th, 2013, Development and Peace inaugurated its housing reconstruction project of 400 permanent houses in Ti-Boucan, Gressier. On that day, 58 families received the keys to their new homes and left behind the tents and temporary shelters they were inhabiting to move into houses that are anti-seismic and cyclone resistant. The inauguration also honoured the many months of work done by the hundreds of people involved in the construction of the houses in Ti-Boucan, an area that is mountainous and not easily accessible.