Political unrest and natural disasters have left visceral scars on the island nation of Haiti, an impoverished country that has the distinction of being the poorest country in the western hemisphere. To improve the quality of life for Haitians, CHF International is implementing two projects that are tangibly improving the island nation's sanitation and overall infrastructure.
By the numbers:
- CHF exceeded its target of 7,500 total jobs created throughout Haiti by more than 500 jobs.
- In January 2004, CHF employed more than 2,000 people working daily.
- CHF has collected and disposed a total of 168,000 cubic meters of waste.
- CHF collected over 49,000 cubic meters of trash in January 2004 alone.
- During the second quarter of FY05, CHF expects to collect almost 150,000 cubic meters of waste and create over 6,300 jobs.
Solid Waste Management
The political instability that marked Haiti in 2004 created more than social upheaval, but also a tremendous sanitation crisis, with massive piles of uncollected trash threatening the country's public health.
As a result, in June 2004, CHF International began a 9-month solid waste management program in Haiti's capital of Port au Prince that is not only helping to beautify the country, but is also creating jobs.
CHF International is helping to intensify the local government's efforts at cleanup through capacity building, direct cleanup assistance and training.
In addition to job creation and solid waste management, project funds are supporting three small studies looking at the possibility of creating a sustainable solid waste management system for the Port au Prince metropolitan area.
Tropical Storm Reconstruction
CHF signed a cooperative agreement with CARE for tropical storm Jeanne reconstruction, which killed more than 3,000 people and flooded the homes and businesses of more than 70,000 others.
Flooding over the course of the past 50 years has inflicted extensive damage in the city of Gonaïves and surrounding regions, including the Gonaïves and Trois Rivières watersheds, which together cover some 1,063 square kilometers of land, with a population estimated at around 700,000 people.
CHF's activities will be designed to rely as much as possible on local labor and supplies. Urban clean-up and infrastructure reconstruction will be a source of short-term employment and income generation that will enablehouseholds to recover. This will total more than 793,500 person-days of employment, following cash-for-work procedures currently used by CARE in Gonaïves for post-flood clean-up and repair.