Aid Still Required’s Multiple efforts to Support Haiti’s Growth to Self-Sufficiency: Please click below to learn more, support in any way you can, and share on Twitter and Facebook.
On January 12th, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Port Au Prince, Haiti, killing 230,000 and injuring millions more.
What We Can Do
- Create self-sufficiency
- Create jobs
- Create health and well-being
- Provide care and schooling for orphaned & abandoned children
- Return farmlands and forests to their natural abundance
Today, four years after the earthquake, hundreds of thousands are still living under tarps and tents, subject to every kind of violence, especially a crisis of sexual assault. Over 90% of Haiti’s countryside has been deforested, making farming nearly impossible in most areas and contributing to Haiti’s pervasive food shortage.
Clearly, Aid is Still Required.
Outreach Campaign Participants
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Local Partners and Beneficiaries
Empowerment, Health, and Trauma Relief
The UN estimates that 50% of girls in Haiti’s shantytowns will experience rape or sexual assault before reaching adulthood, and that 90% of women there will be attacked at some point in their lifetimes.
Aid Still Required is responding to this epidemic with a powerful trauma relief program that works with both victims and their perpetrators to bring individual healing and an end to the cycle of violence in Haiti’s most at-risk communities.
These communities have long histories of untoward violence, low literacy, and high incidences of disease and sexual assault, and are considered so dangerous most non-profits will not work there. This means, of course, that the very neighborhoods in the greatest need are the ones that are grossly neglected.
The Aid Still Required program is bringing healing to people who would otherwise never receive care, and uniting communities in the most desperate of circumstances.
(Other contributors to this project include the International Association for Human Values, We Advance, the Urban Zen Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.)
New for 2013
Netherlands-based Waka Waka Light is providing reliable, powerful, renewable light to the Wharf Jeremie and Les Cayes areas where we work. The Waka Waka lights replace kerosene lamps which are expensive to operate and detrimental to health. Waka Waka lights give children ample light to study by and provide women with protection from sexual violence. The new Waka Waka Power also has a USB port to power cell phones and other appliances. Waka Waka asks the communities that receive the lights to perform a service project to improve their environment. Whether it is planting trees, painting the local school or cleaning up trash, the community service project gives people something to “earn” the lights and encourages community building and pride.
In addition, we have expanded the women’s trauma relief programs to Renault, an incredibly impoverished community outside of Les Cayes in the southwestern part of Haiti.
OADENN: One of Aid Still Required’s incredible trainers, Lovely, is spearheading OADENN, a children’s program outside of Cap Haitien in the north of Haiti. This program is serving nearly 100 kids weekly with mentoring, community building, and meditation. There are no other opportunities like this for this neighborhood’s children and it is clear that OADENN is building their strength and confidence while relieving stress.
ORPHANAGES: The rate of orphaned and abandoned children has more than doubled since the earthquake putting great strain on orphanages, which cost remarkably little to maintain. For example, one orphanage which serves 58 children needs only $200/month to maintain its staff. Food, uniforms, and water filter maintenance have been provided to this orphanage. Another orphanage your contributions are supporting needs a washing machine and refrigerator. A new stove has been purchased which allows cooks to prepare food without charcoal (an incredible source of pollution in the home and a leading cause of deforestation).
WELCOME CENTER: In Pandiassou in Haiti’s central plateau, the Brothers and Sisters of the Incarnation are providing a home for children formerly living on the streets. Without reliable electricity, the children aren’t able to study at night and do not have light in their community rooms at night. Aid Still Required is partnering with Waka Waka to provide solar lamps to the children there. Additional support is planned for this welcome center in 2014.
90% of Haiti has been deforested causing nationwide soil erosion and making farming nearly impossible in most regions. Reforesting Haiti is of utmost importance: Trees provide fertile, stable environment for crops, prevent erosion, reduce damaging mudslides caused by earthquakes and hurricanes, and improve watersheds — all critical to Haiti’s rebuilding effort and future prosperity.
Aid Still Required is committed to reforestation in Haiti through cooperation with non-profits on the ground.
The Comprehensive Development Program (CODEP) is planting 800,000 per year at a cost of less than $1.00 per tree. This program reclaims land for farmers, provides year-round employment for 600 people with incentives for loyal workers including new steel roofs for their houses, new cisterns, and a new house after an average of four years of service. As CODEP looks to expand their program to include nearly twice as many families, ASR is providing incentives to farmers to get involved in this great program.
Jatropha trees: Heading into 2014, ASR is also looking to provide the funding to move an exciting new program in rural Haiti from its pilot stage to fully self-sustaining. This program gives farmers jatropha saplings that within 18 months produce seeds with 40% oil content. Seeds are purchased from the farmers and pressed for their oil. This oil is a replacement for diesel fuel and will be sold on the open market. Oil revenue is used to buy more seeds from farmers creating a closed loop source of jobs for thousands that have never had an income before. In addition, seed byproduct is compacted into briquettes that are a sustainable replacement for charcoal preventing trees from being cut. This program’s multifaceted approach is designed to address many of Haiti’s biggest problems: environmental sustainability, reforestation, job creation, business development and access to reliable energy.