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Supporting Sustainable Recovery in Haiti
Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010. Its epicenter was near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.
The 2010 earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince left hundreds of thousands of people living in temporary camps, unable to meet their basic needs of shelter, food, water, and sanitation. Thousands of survivors who fled to the countryside were overlooked by the mainstream aid response, which was mired in problems ranging from political gridlock to poor coordination.
Years later, survivors are still struggling to build new lives for themselves and their families amid myriad challenges. Rife with radical inequality, Haitian society systematically excludes large numbers of people. For many people, daily survival was a challenge even before the earthquake; today, their lives are infinitely more difficult.
Who UUSC supports
- 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
What UUSC does together with grassroots partners
In Haiti, UUSC has made a long-term commitment to supporting partners in creating a just recovery. This is the first time that UUSC has decided to continue its humanitarian crisis work beyond a three-year program of emergency assistance. UUSC works with partners to find innovative ways to respond to livelihood challenges, child exploitation, gender-based violence, and trauma — all gravely exacerbated by the earthquake — and then replicate those models as widely as possible.
- Creating, expanding, and replicating models of recovery that promote environmental stewardship, self-sufficiency, food sovereignty, and empowerment (e.g., eco-villages, tire gardens)
- 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 policy makers and ensuring that Haitians are included in reconstruction and recovery decisions
- Working to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors
- Built a core group of 62 fully qualified Haitian trainers-of-trainers to teach trauma treatment and alternative healing practices that increase earthquake survivors' resiliency to trauma
- Created committees in 16 camps that actively intervene to protect unaccompanied children and transform attitudes about child servitude
- Trained more than 100 nongovernmental organizations in Haiti on setting up these child protection committees
- Provided economic training to get hundreds of women street vendors back on their feet
- Supported the establishment of Camp Oasis, a secure camp created to offer a safe haven for 40 girls ages 4–19 orphaned by the earthquake
- Developed creative strategies to reduce gender-based violence against women and girls in the camps and surrounding communities
- Provided emergency food, supplies, medical care, and livelihood opportunities directly following the earthquake
Last updated: July 16, 2013
UUSC and the Papaye Peasant Movement celebrate two successful models for sustainable recovery in Haiti: the eco-village and tire gardens.
In December 2012, the 10 families of the first eco-village in Haiti's Central Plateau celebrated their first full year in their new homes! To mark the special occasion, we decided to send holiday gift baskets.