More than six years after the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, tens of thousands of people – between 65,000 and 150,000, depending on what statistics you read – are still displaced and living in tent camps, most with limited access to potable water and electricity. Their homes are temporary structures patched together with tarps, blankets, scraps of wood and plastic. Trash fills the streets and sewage runs in open ditches.
Many of these refugees settled in a tent camp city near Port-au-Prince where HOW Global has adopted a small school set up for displaced children. HOW Global immediately got busy repairing pipes and pumps, building new water tanks and initiating the development of a Green Hub. A new roof, school supplies, water filters and plans for a rainwater catchment are underway for the school children who currently walk to a nearby pump to get water that is not potable, but used for washing and cooking.
Relief organizations like Haiti Mission and the Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation sought the advice of Founder Rachael Paulson to advise them on implementing the HOW Global school-based Green Hub concept as an outreach approach.
Thanks to the support of US sister schools and corporate and employee matching programs, we continue to work toward sustainability in this devastated community.
EMERGENCY RELIEF UPDATE – Hurricane Matthew
In response to Hurricane Matthew, HOW Global teamed up with doctors and organizations like New Life 4 Kids, a local orphanage in Port-au-Prince, to support 175,000 newly homeless in the South Mountains of Port-au-Prince.
HOW Global delivered boxes of medical supplies to some of the hardest-hit areas of Haiti. We also completed emergency repairs to three school, including roofing and water-related projects.
Currently, we continue to rely on our strong relationships with on-the-ground leaders in Haiti, and are working to restore basic needs to the most devastated areas.
Our single Green Hub location remains cut off from the world, as the main bridge was destroyed in the storms. This bridge is the primary connection for more than 350,000 people currently unable to interact with the community and participate in the economy. We are now seeking grants, partners and other organizations to rebuild the bridge and restore hope and dignity to this community.