Your support is urgently needed so that we can ensure Haitian families most affected have immediate and longterm support to rebuild their homes and their lives.
With your support, Habitat plans to help;
Haiti remains the poorest country in the Latin America and Caribbean region and among the poorest countries in the world. In addition to the challenges created by COVID and the political uncertainty, Haiti is highly vulnerable to natural hazards, mainly hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.
Habitat for Humanity has worked in Haiti since 1984 and is well placed to respond to this latest disaster. Habitat was part of the response to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. We distributed more than 25,000 emergency shelter kits and helped build more than 5,000 transitional shelters and 300 new homes and repairs.
Habitat has strong partnerships with communities in Haiti’s South West Peninsula. Following Hurricane Matthew in 2016 Habitat partnered with families to build 1200 homes. Habitat’s ongoing work in the affected region includes constructing latrines and water points and delivering programmes designed to make communities more resilient to disasters.
As a humanitarian organization, Habitat is laser focused on the needs of the people, especially their immediate and long-term housing needs. There are many barriers to this response but Habitat is committed to work with local, national and international networks to co-ordinate relief and recovery for those who need it most.
Habitat’s team on the ground is already assessing the shelter needs in the impacted area and developing response options for early recovery and reconstruction phases. Habitat is part of the regional coordination platform for disaster preparedness and response in Latin America and the Caribbean (OCHA-REDLAC) and will work in partnership to ensure efforts are not duplicated.
Habitat’s Global Expertise
Habitat is a world leader in providing access to safe and secure shelter for the most vulnerable. We know firsthand the importance of a decent home and the threats to families and public health when this is not provided. A safe home improves a family’s health and well-being and offers access to education and livelihoods.
Habitat has expertise in disaster response. Habitat is one of a few international organisations active in disaster response with housing as its core. Since 1998, Habitat has responded to over 160 disasters. Since 2014, Habitat has helped families across 52 countries recover from disasters: building 96,000 new homes; improving more than 190,000 damaged homes through repairs, rehabilitation, and incremental building; and provided training, mitigation, and other support to more than 643,000 people.