A closer look: Solange’s story
Solange, 62, lives in Petit Trou de Nippes with two of her five children and two grandchildren. In her younger days, Solange used to farm and work the fields to support her family. Unfortunately, as she has gotten older she hasn’t been able to work for over 10 years.
“We still plant on our property, there are mouths to feed and whenever possible we sell the rare surplus nearby or exchange with neighbours who plant different items.
“I am so thankful for these supplies. Our home was severely damaged by Matthew and we didn’t know where or who to turn to for help. The Lord works in mysterious ways. I was worrying about all of this and then a delegate came to tell us that help was on the way.
“Thank you, Habitat, God bless you and the people who all make this possible. These supplies are going to allow me to fix the roof and help give my grandchildren a dry place to sleep at night. We would return the favour if we could, but for now we offer thanks and blessings.”
WASH, and what this means for Simon Pele
Water and Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH)
“WASH is a key component of any healthy thriving community and Simon Pele is eager and ready for this change” – WASH Officer, Kesnel Narcisse.
Life in the densely-populated neighbourhoods of Simon Pele includes a daily struggle to access adequate water and sanitation services including drinking water:
- Only 200 families have access to latrines – in a community of 7,000 families
- Women and children often queue to pay for the water they will use for cooking, washing and drinking which they collect in plastic receptacles daily.
- Natural disasters only exacerbate the problems, offering free range to waterborne diseases such as cholera and malaria
So, we launched a WASH programme in Simon Pele earlier this year. We want to make a durable impact by using a holistic approach that is addressing the problem on multiple fronts.
The programme aims to improve access to:
- Drinking water
- Adequate sanitation facilities
- Knowledge of good hygiene practices for families in the area through door-to-door awareness raising as well as formal training for community leaders and local organisations
According to Kesnel Narcisse, our WASH Officer in Haiti, “our community mobilisers have already reached 3,692 residents with door-to-door awareness raising around important WASH information including water treatment and storage and food-prep safety at home. The team is moving forward and continuing with this community wide awareness campaign to help educate residents on proper WASH practices.”
“14 schools (1,245 children) have already benefitted from this campaign and the kids are taking the message home with them” (Kesnel Narcisse)
We will also work with local businesses, to create more work, by introducing new water treatment products and storage backpacks – at affordable prices – which will both help us to achieve our main objectives, all while helping local small and medium companies make proper sanitation practices profitable business.
Our team is currently working with 5 SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises) to introduce new water treatment products on the local market. We are helping them structure their businesses so that moving forward they will be able measure the return on this new product.
The 2017 annual affiliate summit
Earlier this summer several affiliates participated in Habitat for Humanity Haiti’s, third annual affiliate summit. To help connect our valued partners to our work in Haiti, we created this event so that our partners can learn about our programmes and interact with us. It’s a great opportunity to put communities first and learn about their needs!
With a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from:
- Advocacy on land tenure issues
- Supporting local businesses
- Providing training and microfinance projects
… Our participants learn and see first hand the holistic interventions that we use.
We have so far completed several large projects in the area that include repair and refurbishment of homes, infrastructure that built roads and paved corridors, and an investment in the training of livelihoods, business development and more.