COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Rural Haiti has long been regarded as forgotten by those who live and work in these agricultural areas. While two-thirds of the population of Haiti lives in rural villages, almost all of the rural population suffers from an extreme lack of basic needs: clean water, sanitation, electricity, adequate schools, medical care, and opportunities for employment. HTPB is driven by the belief that the Haitian people want to be in control of their futures: the Haitian people desperately want to work so they can provide for their families, they want their children to be provided a good education, knowing that education can eventually break them out of the cycle of poverty, they want to be free of charity and hand-outs and dependence on foreign aid…. and above all, they want to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives and their futures. Our role is to listen to the people that live and work in the rural areas every day, to know their challenges, great and small, and to work with them to develop a plan that will advance their community; physically, economically, socially and spiritually.

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 Jeandenis, home to more than 40,000 people, is a rural rice-farming village almost 3 hours north of Port au Prince. Like most rural areas, it has long suffered from a lack of basic rights; the right to clean water, the right to sufficient food to feed their families, the right to an education, the right to health care, and the right to proper housing that will keep their children safe and healthy. In 2009, HTPB became the first organization to begin work in Jeandenis. The greatest need at that time was a bridge, which was financed by HTPB and built by the local people. Organized community meetings in Jeandenis have shown us that the people are very clear in what they want for their village and for their families. They have hopes for sanitation facilities; presently very few people have access to any type of latrine, for better educational opportunities; currently only a small number of families can afford the $25/year tuition, hopes for clean drinking water so they don’t have to resort to using canal water as their household supply, as well as several other, what we call, basic necessities. The Haitian people are anxious to be part of this change; to do whatever they need to do for a better tomorrow for their children and their families

 

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 Bridge Project:

In 2009, HTPB financed the construction of this concrete vehicular bridge. Local men and women donated their time and efforts for its construction and it now provides easy and safe access for everyone as they travel to and from the market, church, school, the well, and the fields. The bridge is a sight of continuous daily activity, and even more importantly, it is a colorful symbol of what progress in Haiti can look like if the people are given the resources and support for the dreams they have for their country.

 

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 WELL PROJECT: 

The people of Haiti spend an average of 1.5 hours a day walking to and from local water sources, only to bring home contaminated water that is used for all their daily needs; cleaning, bathing, washing dishes, cooking and drinking. This is a difficult and arduous task for the great majority of Haitians, and often the responsibility of the women and children. Non-potable water can be the source of a multitude of social and health concerns, the cause of many illnesses and sometimes death, as we saw in the recent cholera epidemic, with over 200,000 diagnosed cases and resulting in over 5000 deaths. In 2010, HTPB partnered with the organization Haiti Outreach to finance this sustainable water project. For more than 6 months Haiti Outreach worked with a local committee, which was born out of an interest to bring potable water to their area, and which represents over 150 families; educating them in the need for potable water, proper sanitation, health issues, and the logistics of managing the well. The well now functions as a local business, totally managed by the committee. HTPB believes that clean water is at the core of a healthy community. Thus, we will continue to work for clean water projects where we work.

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