Housing recipients in the Haiti's department of Sud in their new home, which has anti-seismic and anti-cyclonic features. Photo: Compagnie de Jésus – Territoire d’Haïti
Project at a glance:
Budget: $2.2 million
CJI contribution: $267,274
Canadian Jesuits International is supporting the reconstruction efforts of the Jesuits in Haiti following the earthquake which hit the country on August 14, 2021. Under the coordination of the Jesuit Commission for Intervention in the Greater South in Haiti, the Jesuits are focussing on rebuilding homes and lives affected by the earthquake. In addition to significant physical damage, there was a serious loss of life and over 800,000 directly affected, most of whom are still living in very precarious and makeshift conditions.
The goal is to support the most vulnerable families in the departments of Sud and Grand Anse by providing housing so people can live with dignity. The first phase of reconstruction began in May 2022. The project team wants to ensure new homes are resistant to both earthquakes and hurricanes and requires specialized training for construction workers. The project will also address the long-term challenges of sustainability by conducting workshops on environmental protection, particularly on water, energy and waste management.
This project focuses primarily on rebuilding homes, but it also deals with psychosocial support, economic and ecological support, help in reviving agricultural production and establishing cooperatives.
120 houses built
2/3 of beneficiaries are women
- Reconstruction of houses
- Training workshops for construction workers to meet earthquake and hurricane-resistant house standards
- Psycho-spiritual guidance.
- Workshops on environmental protection, water, energy and waste management.
The project will benefit 600 people through the construction of 120 houses. CJI is coordinating the international support from the Xavier Network and Provincials’ Conference of Latin America (CPAL). This project has a budget of US$2.2 million.
You can read the latest interim report here.
Fr Jean-Mary Louis, SJ
Note: The former director of this project was Fr Francois Kawas, SJ, who died October 23, 2022.
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