Haiti – The inhabitants of the Caribbean state will never forget the devastating destruction caused by the earthquake in January 2010. Many factors contribute to a high risk of catastrophe here: The extreme deforestation of the countryside and settlement on unprotected water catchment areas is accelerating erosion; hurricanes rage across the country, destroying streets, houses and fields; farmland and roads are washed away following heavy rainfall.
Welthungerhilfe is supporting 271,000 people in three communities in southern Haiti: Jacmel, Petit Goâve and Grand Goâve. The aim is to better prepare inhabitants for natural disasters and their consequences. Ten brigades and committees are being established in each of the three communities. Committee members are in charge of decision-making in case of an emergency and are developing an early warning system to enable the timely evacuation of people.
Well prepared for disasters
The brigades react on the ground and provide first aid. A total of 1,800 people are active in the two groups – besides authorities, they include prominent people, village presidents, spiritual leaders and the local population. In addition, a disaster management committee at the district level includes representatives from the district authorities and civil society, the fire service, the Red Cross, the police and the scouts. They function as a network and incorporate disaster management into their development planning. Representatives of the various ministries and scientific institutes are involved at the national level.
Working together as a network
In order to ensure that the population learns more about disaster risk reduction, Welthungerhilfe is creating reports and features for the radio, television and newspapers together with journalists. Cooperations with Haitian artists in workshops are also designed to bring the issues of climate change and disaster prevention to public attention. The measures for disaster prevention in Haiti are co-funded by the Disaster Preparedness Programme of the European Community Humanitarian Office (DIPECHO).
The aid measures are financially supported by EuropeAid.
Video (2015): Welthungerhilfe has been working in Haiti since 2006 – in the Millennium Village of Poirier. Watch the video to find out what has changed for people and what they expect for their future.