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Haiti

We help communities and the government protect children and their rights. This is instrumental in preventing violence, family separation and exploitation. Our local experts also improve families' access to water and better hygiene conditions.

The situation in Haiti

The hurricane Matthew in October 2016 led to the biggest humanitarian crisis that Haiti has known since the earthquake. Houses still need to be rebuilt and there is only limited access to drinking water and sanitation. Children and young people, especially those living in the street, are at risk of exploitation and violence. Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries, and only 27% of school-age children are enrolled in school.

What we do

Child protection

Our local team seeks to protect children and young people who are separated from their families; victims of mistreatment, negligence or abuse (physical, moral or sexual); or forced to work, while helping them return to their families. We involve communities and the authorities in our work. We provide them with tools to improve living conditions for children. In Port-au-Prince, we focus on prevention measures targeting girl prostitutes living in the street. In 2015, we reunified 50 girls with their families, brought 43 girls back to school, and 75 girls or their families started a small business, such as a beauty salon or a small shop.

Water and hygiene

In isolated areas, Tdh helps communities to access water and sanitation facilities, and seeks to create better hygiene conditions. We work with these groups to build latrines, wells, and rainwater collection systems. "Water committees" are in charge of managing this essential resource. In addition, residents receive training on hygiene so they can learn and share good practices. In 2015, we started to plan a water network, which will serve more than 15,000 people.

Basic needs

After the hurricane Matthew we offered construction-kits to 400 vulnerable families. This helped the families, whose houses were destroyed, to have access to decent living conditions within some weeks. We have also provided food and first necessity goods to 1800 families which include jerrycans, blankets, hygienic products, kitchen utensils and plastic tarpaulins.

Juvenile Justice

In Haiti, the age for criminal liability is 16 years old. That means that young people between the ages of 16 and 18 are tried as adults. We work with young people in conflict with the law to support them both in the management of their case and in their time in prison. Our social and psychology workers provide educative and psychosocial activities that aim at their development and preparation for social reinsertion. We also work on finding their families, with whom their relationship has often broken down. Finally, upon their release from prison, we offer them the possibility to pursue professional trainings or to start an income-generating activity.

Jeanna and her husband placed their three daughters in a residential centre so they would receive food and education. However, the centre did not provide an appropriate level of care for children.

Maria, one of the three girls placed in a residential centre

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Terre des hommes in Haiti

Beneficiaries in 2015

28,796 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

4 / 90

Budget 2016

CHF 1,008,092.-

Programme locations

Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes

Local partners

Haitian institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBESR), the Haitian national water and sanitation company (DINEPA), civil defence, Sofalam, Medico-Legal Research and Action Unit (URAMEL), the Haitian chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (CHAIFEJ)

 

Where we work

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Timeline

1970
Tdh begins supporting Haitian children whose illnesses required treatment in Switzerland.
1980
A school sponsoring programme is launched for hundreds of children.
1989
A centre is created for children suffering acute malnutrition.
2004
This centre becomes part of the Southern Regional Hospital in Les Cayes. It is managed in partnership with the authorities.
2010
Tdh launches an emergency response following the earthquake in the Petit Goave region, west of Port-au-Prince. This includes different projects in the fields of protection, water and hygiene, and disaster risk management.
2015
A project is opened in the Port-au-Prince agglomeration, a zone with extensive needs in terms of protecting children and young adults.
2016
A juvenile justice project is launched.
2016
Emergency aid for the provision of basic needs after the hurricane Matthew in the Departement Sud, where people were most affected.

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Related publications

Analytical report: Child Fosterage and Child Domestic Work in Haiti in 2014
Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2016
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Courage No. 56 - Haïti, stronger than the storm

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