Development and Peace has been active in Haiti for nearly 45 years. Following the violent earthquake that struck the island on January 12, 2010, the organization put in place a major five-year reconstruction program, the largest ever implemented by Development and Peace in a single country, covering humanitarian aid as well as the reconstruction of infrastructure, food, reinforcing citizen participation and democracy, equality between women and men, and more broadly, the defense of human rights.
“Our Haitian chickens are cheaper than those from elsewhere. Merchants are able to make more profits, which allows them to send their children to school… It’s a win-win situation for everyone, and our spending power increases.”
Adonis Medjine, inspector, Bon Poul S.A.
The final component of the reconstruction program is a social and solidarity economy program that is currently being put in place. It completes the work of Development and Peace with its local partners in the areas of economic and social development as well as food sovereignty.
Haiti is a Caribbean country that is regularly struck by natural disasters (earthquakes, typhoons, etc.) and is subject to political instability. It is one of the poorest countries in the world and ranks 168th on a list of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI).
Despite considerable agricultural potential, the country currently imports 60 percent of its food, and the Haitian economy is heavily dependent on international aid. Needs vary from one region to another and issues affecting communities are diverse, ranging from agriculture, mining, women’s rights, and youth unemployment, to name only a few.
Following the violent earthquake that struck the island on January 12, 2010, Development and Peace collected more than $20 million thanks to the generosity of Canadians.