Access to basic services delivering drinking water, hygiene and sanitation remain cruelly inadequate as a result of repeated disasters and the limited capacities of State institutions. This lack of infrastructure places those living in camps or makeshift accommodation at serious risk of epidemics, particularly cholera.
The Southern department is frequently hit by natural disasters, like Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which badly affected living conditions of local communities, as well as their production capacities. Food security is deteriorating. Livelihoods are on a downward spiral because of destroyed harvests and soil erosion. In some areas, resources are too low to satisfy people’s minimum basic needs. Some villages and towns have no access to water at all.
- 10.5 million inhabitants
- 58.6% poverty rate
- 168th out of 188 on the Human Development Index
opened in 2004
- Team 14 international staff
130 national staff
- Budget €3.95 M
To ease the task of restoring dignified living conditions for those affected by the 2010 earthquake, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is part of the reconstruction support and residential development program. Our teams are rebuilding roads and ravines, and putting forward re-housing solutions. As part of this program, builders are trained and locals taught about the importance of quake-resistant construction techniques.
To prevent a resurgence of the cholera epidemic, both household and public water and sanitation infrastructures have been built, including in schools. An emergency cholera response mechanism has also been set up, to provide speedy assistance in the event of an epidemic. This triggers kit distribution, chlorination, and the construction of emergency health facilities. The fight against cholera is also accompanied by hygiene awareness raising campaigns and the creation of infrastructure management committees.
We are also developing activities designed to reduce food insecurity, such as food and nutrition fairs, revival of farming and livestock, awareness campaigns promoting water management and good farming practices.
381,145 people helped
– Distributed cholera treatment and emergency kits
– Performed emergency disinfection of infected households and strengthened drainage systems in the most vulnerable locations.
– Installed chlorination points
– Restored water points for showers and latrines
– Trained merchants, community officials and leaders in good hygiene practices and infrastructure maintenance
– Conducted awareness-raising sessions at markets, in schools, door-to-door, over the radio and at gatherings
Support for displaced people
85,572 people helped
– Provided training in water, sanitation and hygiene; disaster risk reduction; recycling; carpentry; masonry; as well as protection of community leaders, maintenance staff and youth
– Conducted mass hygiene awareness-raising campaign
– Restored and drained latrines and showers
– Implemented disaster risk reduction measures
– Managed waste
Access to safe drinking water
28,660 people helped
– Provided water trucking in 5 districts affected by water shortages
– Upgraded springs
– Restored water networks and kiosks
– Trained 20 committee members
20,600 people helped
– Started work on the first 169 linear metres of a ravine (gully)
– Constructed private sanitation networks
– Provided individual support and group training to 25 selected new businesses
– Retrofitted 24 houses, erected 5 new masonry constructions and 6 new wooden-frame constructions
13,900 people helped
– Organized agricultural fairs
– Implemented “Cash for Work” program for preparation of farm land
– Distributed food vouchers and seed kits
– Conducted mass awareness-raising sessions about food sanitation and good nutrition practices
Should you have any questions, please contact Caroline Courtois
At head office