July 2, 2012
Take action and sign a letter to support civil society organizations in Haiti as they petition the Haitian government to address the housing crisis exacerbated by the earthquake on January 12, 2010 and the forced evictions that have ensued.
Even before the earthquake, Haiti was experiencing a major housing crisis. After the earthquake, more than 1.5 million people were displaced and left homeless, forced to live in temporary shelters. As of June 2012, the International Office of Migration (IOM) estimates that there are 390,276 displaced persons still living in tent camps.
Isaac, Viola, and Estania Auguste in front of their fmaily’s new home, aided by a grant from MCC.
Despite the existing housing crisis, the government of Haiti has not yet established a centralized housing institution to address the shortage of shelter for these hundreds of thousands of Haitians.
Civil society organizations, mostly comprised of people living in tent camps, have joined together to advocate for themselves, asking the government to respond to their needs by halting the evictions of residents living in tent camps and creating affordable housing options.
Sign this petition, which calls on the government of Haiti to respect the needs of people who remain displaced.
March 29, 2010
A group of organizations including MCC have endorsed a document that calls for the inclusion of sustainable rural development in Haiti.
Here’s a excerpt:
The international community has responded with a tremendous outpouring of compassion for the people of Haiti in terms of emergency relief and recovery. As Haitians and the international community move forward toward developing long-term plans, sustainable rural development and local food production should be prioritized.
Rebuilding and restoring rural Haiti is the primary ingredient in its future transformation and development post-earthquake. In the 1980s, Haiti was nearly self-sufficient in food and agricultural production. Most of its farmers could earn a living and the Haitian population could purchase locally produced food. Today, at least 57% of Haiti’s food is imported and Haiti’s agriculture remains in shambles due to economic and trade policies that have debilitated local food production and rural development.
Read the full document (PDF)
February 25, 2010
MCC recently produced a document that identifies key issues for a just response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Here’s an excerpt:
The challenge of rebuilding Haiti is compounded by multiple pre-existing factors such as the devastation of four hurricanes in 2008, an ongoing food crisis, a global economic/financial crisis, environmental degradation, political instability, foreign interventions and liberalized trade/economic policies.
As the international community moves forward with relief and recovery efforts we urge that the following be taken into account:
- Sustainable, long-term development coupled with economic reform policies
- Transparent and Haitian-led use of donor funds
- Clarified mandate and length of stay of U.S. troops
- Compassionate and respectful treatment of refugees and immigrants
Read the full document (PDF)