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Haiti

"Ansan-m ann di: Ayiti leve kanpe pou-w mache."

"Together we can make Haiti rise up and move forward."

–The Rt. Rev. Jean Zaché Duracin, Bishop of Haiti

Haiti is one of the most economically challenged countries in the world, with 80% of its population living in poverty. The devastating earthquake that hit on January 12, 2010, has greatly increased the development challenges in Haiti. Much of the country’s infrastructure was destroyed, trade was disrupted and prices rose dramatically, making it even more difficult for Haitians to support themselves and their families.

Episcopal Relief & Development has a longstanding relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. The key component of our partnership, both prior to the earthquake and currently, has been to support and strengthen the work of the diocese’s relief and development arm, known as CEDDISEC (Centre Diocésain de Developpement Intégré et de Secours). Before January 2010, we worked with CEDDISEC to assist local communities in identifying and implementing small development projects.

Since the earthquake, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working with CEDDISEC and Episcopal parishes and outstations to meet the immense needs of those affected in the diocese’s southern and western regions. Our programs will continue to expand in the areas of house reconstruction and provision of micro-credit services to households that lack access to formal financial systems.

To encourage Haiti’s recovery from the 2010 earthquake with a greener focus, Episcopal Relief & Development has teamed up with ACT Alliance partner Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti’s Anglican Office for Education (BAEH) to bring its renewable energy and water and sanitation program to Episcopal schools slated for repair or rebuilding. 

We also support the Bishop Tharp Business and Technology Institute (BTI), a two-year school in Les Cayes operating under the auspices of the Church. BTI is strengthening communities and supporting economic development through offering high-quality instruction that prepares young people to better compete in the global market.

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Where we work in Haiti: View a map on the InterAction website
Haiti Frequently Asked Questions

Alleviating Hunger and Improving the Food Supply

  • Strengthening agriculture by facilitating creation of kitchen gardens, which do not require access to large plots of land
  • Offering opportunities for shared learning that will enable people to grow a variety of vegetables year-round
  • Improving agricultural output with training on and access to bio-compost produced by bio-digester sanitation systems in schools
  • Protecting hillsides from environmental degradation through terracing and reforestation

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Providing access to credit for people who lost businesses or capital in the 2010 quake, enabling them to restart or expand their enterprises
  • Fighting gender-based violence through fostering respectful and peaceful attitudes among youth
  • Creating short-term employment opportunities to contribute to people’s ability to recover, return to school, and/or repair their homes

 Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Repairing damaged latrines and showers, along with constructing new household sanitation and bathing facilities for families
  • Constructing bio-digester sanitation facilities at schools to provide access to flush toilets, washing stations and potable water for school canteens

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Restoring physical and emotional security for people left homeless by partnering with them to rebuild homes
  • Preparing for future emergencies by pre-positioning stocks of clean water and other health and hygiene supplies

Haiti Stories

New Homes and New Hope in Haiti

Fast Facts

Two-fifths of the population depend on agriculture, mostly subsistence farming.

Four out of five Haitians live below the poverty line and over half in extreme poverty.

The January 2010 earthquake caused $7.8 billion in damage, reducing gross domestic product (GDP) 5.4% that year.

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