Haiti is a country that suffers frequent natural disasters. Every year, communities face the risk of hurricanes and tropical storms, floods during torrential rain, prolonged periods of drought, and the risk of earthquakes. Haiti’s extensive deforestation further compounds the situation, making communities far more vulnerable when storms hit.
Medair has actively been providing relief and recovery in Haiti since 2010.
The Sud-Est Department is one of the largest departments (zones) in Haiti, and is also considered one of the most vulnerable departments due to its location, as it is often affected by the frequent hurricanes and tropical storms that hit Haiti. Medair focuses on three main communes within the Sud-Est Department: Jacmel, Côtes-de-Fer, and Bainet.
Since 2010 Medair has worked in Jacmel, the fourth-largest city in Haiti, as well as the surrounding rural regions such as La Montagne and Bas Cap Rouge.
This remote, mountainous region is so difficult to reach that it has largely been neglected. Women and children walk for hours to collect water, often from unprotected sources, and open defecation is widely practiced. In 2012, hurricanes Isaac and Sandy left a trail of deep devastation in these communities, destroying houses, crops, and roads and leaving families vulnerable to future disasters and food scarcity.
This remote and mountainous commune neighbours Côtes-de-Fer, and is the site of Medair’s newest project. Here families are also still struggling to recover from Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, which destroyed crops and livelihoods, leaving families vulnerable to food scarcity. In the wake of these disasters, the ongoing drought conditions have further exacerbated the situation, leading to high levels of food insecurity.
Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.