From surviving to thriving
Many survivors of the 2010 earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince are still struggling to build new lives amidst many challenges. But contrary to what you may hear (if you hear anything at all) in mainstream dialogue, there is hope in Haiti. UUSC is cultivating that hope every day as part of a long-term commitment to supporting a recovery in Haiti that is grounded in justice.
UUSC works with grassroots organizations on the ground to find innovative ways to respond to livelihood challenges, child exploitation, gender-based violence, food insecurity, and trauma — all gravely exacerbated by the earthquake — and then replicate those models as widely as possible. Outside of Haiti, UUSC works with its members and activists to take action in solidarity with the people of Haiti through educating peers and community members, pushing for adequate U.S. government aid, and prioritizing the voices of Haitians.
UUSC is dedicated to a Haitian-led recovery that respects the people and the land — and cultivates prosperity and sustainability for all Haitians. UUSC’s work addresses the particular needs of the following people:
- Earthquake survivors relocated in rural areas
- Women and youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince
- Women and children in temporary camps for displaced people
- Survivors of gender-based violence
- Creating and expanding models of recovery, like the eco-village, that promote environmental stewardship, self-sufficiency, food sovereignty, and empowerment
- Helping survivors reconstruct and develop viable livelihoods, particularly women in the informal sector, youth, and survivors in rural areas
- Keeping Haiti on the radar of U.S. policy makers and ensuring that Haitians are included in reconstruction and recovery decisions
- Preventing gender-based violence and supporting survivors
- Developing child-protection committees in camps for displaced people and training nongovernmental organizations on how to set up such committees
- Training Haitian community leaders to teach trauma treatment and alternative healing practices that increase earthquake survivors’ resiliency to trauma