Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Haitian families often face huge systemic challenges, including food crises or political instability. And several disasters have brought devastation and death to their doorsteps in recent years.
We know that these external factors do not define the Haitian people. On the contrary, we have seen their resilience and generosity time and time again. When we support them with resources and information, life changing work can happen.
In the years since the Haiti Earthquake, we have rebuilt hundreds of destroyed homes. And when Hurricane Matthew struck in 2016, we expanded our work to include public schools. All the while, we were helping families become more food secure and find new ways to earn a living.
In the neighboring Dominican Republic, we are also focused on improving food security. People participating in our programs are raising pigs or fish, improving their harvests and expanding the ways they put food on the table.
We can't change what our neighbors have been through. But we can help them be more resilient in the face of whatever comes next.
Rebuilding in the Wake of the Storm
Small Investments Lead to Big Joy
Throughout 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic took a catastrophic toll. Haiti’s Northwest department was no exception. Unemployment soared, and people lost their livelihoods. This meant that many people spent what little savings they had. When planting season arrived in November, farmers had fields that they had prepared to plant. But many couldn’t afford to buy the seeds that would go in …
Relief for Rosemarie, and an Education for her Grandson
The pandemic has caused widespread unemployment all over the world. As a result, countless families are facing tough economic situations. Rosemarie Grandville, 65, takes care of her grandson in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. “For 10 years, I have sold bread. It is thanks to this activity that I meet my grandson’s needs and mine. His mother, my daughter, went to …
Water Makes a World of Difference in Haiti
Tulsaint Sermilien knows what it’s like to always be worried about water. “I used to walk over 60 minutes to get water in Digé or at the source at the river Cadet,” he says of his daily walk in his community in Haiti. It was a dangerous trip, too. Animals had been known to fall on the slippery, rocky road. …