Haiti’s homeless earthquake victims drop significantly, but worry continues – Haiti – MiamiHerald.com

But four years after the country’s devastating earthquake, the number of Haitians displaced by the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster and still living in camps has dropped to 137,553 in 243 camp sites, the International Organization for Migration said Monday.

Still, there are some worrying trends despite the 91 percent drop: families unable to pay rent are returning to the camps, while other camps are showing little to no prospect of ever being emptied, the Geneva-based humanitarian group said in its latest report.

“The phenomenon of new families moving into camps and families splitting and occupying more tents constitutes a worrying trend observed in 68 [camp] sites,” the report said.

Reversing the trend and emptying out the remaining camps require a strong commitment from the Haitian government to come up with solutions, the report said. via - MiamiHerald.com


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Une secousse sismique de magnitude 4.5 a été ressentie vendredi soir dans la ville des Cayes – Radio Television Caraibes

Un séisme de 4,5 de magnitude a frappé au nord-est de la côte des Cayes, Haïti, le vendredi soir 21 March 2014, selon les données de l’United States Geological Survey.

L’épicentredu séisme, qui s’est produit vers 09h11, heure locale, en Haïti, était d’environ16 km au nord-ouestde Petit-Trou de Nippes et 51 kilomètres au nord-nord-est de Les Cayes et autour de 134 km à l’ouest de la capitale de Port-au -Prince.

Il n’y avait pas encore de rapport de dommages ou de blessures, bien qu’il y avait des rapports de légères vibrations dans le centre-ville des Cayes et dans d’autres régions via - Radio Television Caraibes


Olivia Wilde writes about burying bodies in Haiti

Writing in the spring issue of Darling magazine, Wilde and her partner, Babs Burchfield, explore their experience, which led to the founding of their company, Conscious Commerce.

“We stood next to each other, cigarettes dangling from our mouths, rum burning our throats, hazmat suits covering everything but our sweaty faces, clutching a handful of rosaries each,” they write in one section.

“We were aware of the unlikelihood of the moment — two white American girls working to bag bodies in a morgue — but this was Haiti, and we had come to expect the darkly unexpected. We were among a group of local volunteers who made this gruesome journey weekly, giving a dignified burial to the city’s discarded poor. The cigarettes were to mask the retched smell, the rum to ease the shock.” via USA Today


Hometown U: A smarter, stronger roof design for Haiti and beyond | Living | ADN.com

But he hadn’t forgotten the Haitian roof problem, one repeated around the globe, from Africa to South and Central America — any place where housing is insufficient. He applied for seed money from UAA’s Innovate fund to try his hand at a new idea: the concrete, barrel-shaped shell as a potential new roof system in Third World countries.

His new idea is really an old one employed in the United States up to the middle of the last century, before high labor costs and cheaper material costs shifted this design to the sidelines. But architects are still drawn to the rounded simplicity of those rounded concrete shells, demonstrated in the spectacular roof of the Sydney Opera House.

In 2013, Hamel got $10,000 in seed money to design and evaluate a “thin-shell, latex-modified concrete barrel roof unit.” The latex is leftover paint that is difficult to recycle. It’s also a sophisticated polymer that, when added to concrete, increases its flexibility. via  ADN.com


Dealing with death at work in Haiti – Guardian Professional

Haiti was struck by an earthquake on 12 January 2010. Over 100,000 people were killed, including 100 UN personnel. We lost three serving and one former UN volunteers:

• Nivah Odwori, a Kenyan national working as a district coordinator.

• Mamadi Conde, a Guinean national working as a disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration officer.

• Bahaya Lola Nicole, a Congolese national working as a administrative assistant.

• Emmanuel Rejouis, a Haitian national who had volunteered with UN volunteers in Rwanda, Central African Republic, Nigeria, South Africa and East Timor. via | Guardian Professional


Haiti’s rubble-rouser: The 4-year fight for earthquake justice | Toronto Star

Daniel Morel snapped photos from the operating room table until anesthesia knocked him out so surgeons could dig two tumours out of his brain.

The Haitian-American is one of those photographers: hard-core. He has covered coups, gang wars, lynchings, deadly hurricanes.

“I always take a last shot. It might be my last shot,” says Morel, 62. “No last word, a last shot. That’s how I want to go.”

The shot that might have been his last on Jan. 12, 2010, captured his friend’s gleeful face, as the earth below them bounced like a trampoline. via | Toronto Star


IRIN Global | Owning your crisis – aid partnerships in Haiti | Global | Haiti | Natural Disasters

Today, one of these clusters, water, sanitation and health, is government-led, and the government has assumed an increasing amount of responsibility in the others. But it will likely require continued support, and in some cases leadership, from aid agencies for some time, said aid workers and government officials in Port-au-Prince.

“The capacity of the Haitian authorities has evolved, but it remains weak,” said Fools-Gen Sanon, the communal coordinator of Port-au-Prince’s Pétion-Ville Commune, which works closely with international actors.

“We know how to deal with the [Haitian] people, but we don’t have the means to meet their needs. Our capacity has evolved, but that doesn’t mean we no longer need help and funding from NGOs,” he told IRIN. via IRIN Global


‘Fatal Assistance’ ponders the Haiti earthquake aftermath – Movies – Boston.com

FatalAssistance_3VelvA4On Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing some 250,000 people, injuring millions, leaving a million and a half homeless. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, in his earnest but obfuscating documentary, “Fatal Assistance,” conveys the horror of those 75 seconds with a few black-and-white images taken from security cameras. But it is after the catastrophe, says Peck in voice-over, that the real catastrophe happens. via - Boston.com.

The Aid Industry Failed Haiti After Its 2010 Quake – The Daily Beast

So much money, so many players, so little progress.  Four years later, a complete lack of essential public services and government functionality is the international community’s legacy. Today, about 150,000 men, women, and children still live in the 127 camps that remain, according to the International Organization on Migration. The billions of dollars still haven’t brought running water to most of the country.

Haiti had extreme problems far pre-dating the quake that should have been central to the planning for any realistic solution. It had virtually no industry or exports, farmland destroyed by deforestation, and the most privatized education system in the Western Hemisphere, condemning most of the population to a cycle of poverty. In Cap-Haitien, on the northern coast, a 70-year-old midwife told me that parents sometimes pay for the first semester but cannot afford the second term. These children will often dress in their uniforms and still show up every day, only to be turned away for tuition non-payment. Despite 30 years of war, Afghanistan, where I’ve traveled extensively, seems surprisingly better off than our Caribbean neighbor. via - The Daily Beast


Haiti earthquake refugees trade golf course camp for humble homes | Reuters

The earthquake left almost 1.5 million people homeless in what was already the poorest country in the Americas.

While the camp\’s closure marks a milestone in Haiti\’s recovery from the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people, J/P HRO said this week that its work in Haiti was far from over.

\”We are continuing to build and rehabilitate homes so people can return to their neighborhoods,\” said Gary Philoctete, director of Haiti Operations for J/P HRO. \”There are still a lot of people living in other camps and we are committed to helping those families as well.\”

According to the government, at least 147,000 people are still living in temporary relief camps, mainly on small parcels of private land around the capital. They face being evicted by landowners. via  | Reuters

A boy stands at a makeshift camp on the grounds of the Petionville golf course in Port-au-Prince, Haiti File photo of a man walking at the Petionville Club golf course camp for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince.

Four years later, USAID funds in Haiti still unaccounted for

“Sixty percent [of USAID funds] goes to firms operating inside the beltway, disappearing in a black box,” Jake Johnson of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington think tank, told IPS. “That makes it very hard to determine how and when the funds reach the ground.”

Even though the United States offered $3 billion in aid for Haiti after the earthquake, less than one percent of the $1.3 billion in obligated USAID funds—money designated specifically for Haitian recovery efforts—has gone directly to local Haitian groups.

“When so little of the funding reaches Haitians themselves, it takes them out of the decision-making process and ensures that aid programs are not actually responsive to the needs of people on the ground,” Mr. Johnson says. via Final Call


After the Quake, Millennial Haitian-Americans Are Open for Business – COLORLINES

For hyphenated Americans, it’s not uncommon to feel a tug between the United States and the land of their parents’ birth and heritage. For Haitian-Americans, the 2010 earthquake and the foreign NGO army that followed took that tug and magnified it several times over. In what may be an under-appreciated reversal of decades of exodus by their parents and grandparents before them, many young American-born Haitians are “returning” to help develop the country. Among them, American-born Nickson Toussaint, a 28-year-old entrepreneur and “fan of nationalism”—that is, the one inspired by Haitian revolutionaries Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Since 2011, Toussaint and his wife have invested $150,000 to help develop a virgin 2.5 acre beachfront property into Azur Resort & Spa. The time for a renaissance in Haiti is now, and he says, his generation is the one to bring it.

How did the earthquake affect you?

I had a pastor tell me once that, “You will ultimately find your purpose in what burdens you.” The global depiction and negative perception of our Haitian people have always been heavy on my heart. [And when the earthquake happened] I was shocked by the death and destruction. I had just returned from Haiti a few months prior and wrote a journal entry describing it as a nation in desperate need of a period of progressive growth. I saw [the earthquake] as an opportunity for the country to rise out of its ashes, as well as for the diaspora to return and change the game. I wanted to take a part of that resurrection. The more I began exploring tourism, the more I realized there was a large opportunity to rebrand the perception of the country.  via - COLORLINES


Haiti recovers slowly | Florida Courier

“There is a huge construction dynamic happening there,” said Odnell David, Haitian government housing division director. “We can’t keep it like this, otherwise it will become a massive slum.”

While Canaan has almost all of the amenities of a city – churches, schools, football fields, mom-and-pop shops in a commercial district – it is anything but well-planned.

“When I see Canaan, I see the exact replica of Cite Soleil (a slum in the Port-au-Prince area) – a politics of neglect, a large growing cancer,” said Leslie Voltaire, an urban planner who worked on housing issues shortly after the quake. “It’s the image of the reconstruction, but by the people and without any resources.” via | Florida Courier


Haïti, au-delà du séisme – Médias – Université de Sherbrooke

safe_image«La France préfère parler du tremblement de 2010 plutôt que de celui qui a donné naissance à Haïti» : d’entrée de jeu, le professeur Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec tient la France responsable de ce grand silence autour de l’histoire haïtienne.

«Le tremblement de terre est un événement qui focalise l’attention, mais il est important de le mettre en perspective avec d’autres moments de l’histoire d’Haïti : notamment rappeler l’incroyable parcours d’Haïti contre la France pour gagner son indépendance en 1804», souligne ce spécialiste de l’histoire d’Haïti et professeur à l’UdeS. Celui-ci a organisé cette semaine une table ronde sur la Perle des Antilles pour en discuter avec des qualificatifs positifs et ainsi «contrebalancer l’emprise de cet événement monstre». via - Université de Sherbrooke.

Quatre ans après le séisme, les Haïtiens se souviennent | Séisme en Haïti

«35 secondes… c\’est ce laps de temps dont la date du 12 janvier 2010 avait besoin pour semer les ténèbres sur Haïti. Nous étions tous en larmes, plongés dans la désolation ce jour-là», a dit M. Martelly qui a remercié «les amis d\’Haïti venus de partout pour secourir les Haïtiens».

Quatre ans après, il a exhorté ses compatriotes à s\’unir pour la reconstruction. «Aujourd\’hui, nous avons choisi de célébrer la vie. C\’est mon mot d\’ordre pour faire face aux défis de l\’avenir. Nous avançons avec nos moyens dans la reconstruction du pays», a lancé le chef de l\’état haïtien.

«Haïti est comme le roseau, il plie mais ne rompt pas», a-t-il conclu. via | Séisme en Haïti


Four years after the Haiti earthquake, what have billions in US aid bought? | GlobalPost

Among the findings:

* Only 5.4 percent of US government spending in Haiti through fiscal year 2012 went to Haitian organizations or companies. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is trying to spend more money locally but faces hurdles in Congress, which has resisted efforts to reform food aid policy.

* A comprehensive health survey released last year shows Haitians live longer and have better access to health services than they did a decade ago. In the town of Mirebalais, a new, state-of-the-art hospital launched by a private American NGO is training the next generation of top-notch Haitian medical professionals.

* The US is spending $170 million — its single largest Haiti investment — to attract manufacturing to the new Caracol Industrial Park in Haiti’s North. But the massive investment has created fewer than 3,000 jobs, and the project may not have the funds to construct the port needed to export the industrial goods.

* The US promised to build 15,000 permanent homes but completed only 2,649 of them before ending its housing construction program, deciding instead to extend financing to Haitians directly for them to build their own homes. via | GlobalPost


Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti

Haiti marked four years on Sunday since a violent earthquake shattered the impoverished nation, which is still struggling to recover from the widespread devastation that killed 250,000 people. via 2010 Earthquake in Haiti.

EDITORIAL: Hailing Haiti’s triumph over a nightmare — nationnews.com

Critical questions remain to be answered by an independent international audit that seems quite necessary, of the financial and humanitarian aid delivered and for which CARICOM and the Organization of American States (OAS) had played significant roles in enabling efforts by international donor agencies and governments.

But no audit is necessary to quantify and analyze the indomitable spirit of perseverance of the Haitian people to survive and rebuild. Their history in struggles reminds us of their tenacity to overcome abject poverty, political oppression and recurring natural disasters. So they moved with determination and kept hope alive after the nightmare earthquake of four years ago. via – nationnews.com


In post-earthquake Haiti, a forgotten island is left to recover on its own | GlobalPost

In the first 19 days after the earthquake, 630,000 people fled Port-au-Prince, 7,500 of them to La Gonave, according to a 2011 study. Untold thousands more fled there from other earthquake-affected areas. Some NGOs put the total at 20,000, which would mean the island’s normal population of approximately 100,000 increased by between 15 and 20 percent almost overnight.

To feed and house them all would have required a substantial amount of the $9 billion pledged by international governments for Haiti’s recovery. But little of that aid — or the aid allocated by private donors — reached the people of La Gonave, GlobalPost found. Most of the migrants returned to the mainland in the months after the earthquake, leaving permanent residents in a dire state.

In fact, the two largest towns of the often overlooked island remained among the 12 most food-insecure towns in all of Haiti even two years after the earthquake, according to a World Food Program survey. The island’s food crises deepened in October 2013 when Hurricane Sandy hit, flooding and uprooting crops and washing away seeds. via | GlobalPost


martinique 1ère – “Les ONG sont reparties la tête basse et les poches pleines”

12 janvier 2010, 16h53 : Haïti est touchée par un tremblement de terre d\’un magnitude de 7,3 qui dévaste le pays. On dénombre 230 000 morts, 300 000 blessés et un million et demi d\’Haïtiens sans abri. Au lendemain de la catastrophe, la machine humanitaire est sur le terrain et de nombreuses ONG \”se disputent\” la reconstruction du pays. Aujourd\’hui, quatre ans après, Franz Duval du Nouvelliste, à l\’image de nombreux observateurs, dénonce \”un gâchis de l\’aide internationale\”.

Franz Duval interrogé par Pedro Monerville via martinique 1ère


Four Years and a Day: Remembering the Victims of Haiti’s Earthquake | Leah Stern

In Haitian Vodou tradition, the souls of the recently deceased slip into rivers and streams and remain there for a year and a day. Then, lured by prayers and song, they reemerge and their spirits are reborn. These souls are then reincarnated as trees, mountain tops, clouds and other natural phenomena.

By this measure, more than 200,000 souls should have gone anba dlo (\”under water\”), following the 7.0 scale earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Instead, these bodies went somewhere else. Corpses were discovered under the rubble of homes and churches and schools and dumped into mass graves. Many were also burned out of fear that they would infect the living. via | Leah Stern


LÉOGANE, Haiti: Four years after quake, Haitians remember their dead, celebrate life – Haiti – MiamiHerald.com

14Q4R2.St.56 1kANJa.St.56“We are here,” Pastor Guy Fontaine said to a packed congregation inside the Christian Church of Leogane, where the quake’s epicenter passed on Jan. 12, 2010, toppling churches and private homes, and splitting open roads in this seaside town south of the capital.

Fontaine’s sentiment was echoed across Haiti, where pastors, priests and Voudouists joined Haitian President Michel Martelly, members of his government and the foreign diplomatic corps near the grounds of the razed presidential palace in Port-au-Prince for a low-key ceremony to commemorate the day. This was the second consecutive year that Haiti had opted for an understated ceremony. Martelly laid a wreath earlier in the morning at the mountaintop site on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince where many were buried in mass graves, and later white balloons were released after a siren sounded for 35 seconds — the amount of time the quake lasted. via - MiamiHerald.com


Four Years After Earthquake, Many In Haiti Remain Displaced : NPR

\”It\’s the worst place to be in Haiti,\” says Gregoire Goodstein, mission chief for the International Organization for Migration. \”We\’re talking about the higher hanging fruit; people who are unable to get out of the tent camp system because they really don\’t have any other solutions for themselves.\”

Goodstein says it\’s possible the final resettlements could wrap up next year, but that depends on major factors, like hurricane season. Haiti is also planning parliamentary elections, and there\’s fear electoral violence could overtake the city, slowing down all government functions.

The government says there\’s one major obstacle to resettling the final 150,000 people: money.

\”It will take $800 per person to get them out of the camps,\” says Harry Adam, who heads the Haitian government agency that\’s spearheading the reconstruction. \”It\’s quite a big amount of money.\” via: NPR


BBC News – Haiti marks devastating earthquake anniversary

_72235139_72235138At least 1.5 million people were left homeless, in a country with a population of about 10 million.

Four years after the quake, signs of destruction are still everywhere.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has struggled to rebuild its infrastructure, despite millions of dollars in aid pouring into the country.

President Martelly said a year ago that only a third of the money pledged after the 2010 earthquake had actually been delivered.

\”Where has the money given to Haiti after the earthquake gone?\” asked Mr Martelly.

\”Most of the aid was used by non-governmental agencies for emergency operations, not for the reconstruction of Haiti.\” via BBC News



RNDDH: 12 janvier 2010 – 12 janvier 2014 – Quatre ans de souffrance avec le spectre d’un sombre avenir

rnddh-logoLe RNDDH se propose de présenter à tous ceux que la question intéresse, un rapport d\’analyse sur la situation du pays, en passant en revue l\’état d\’avancement de la reconstruction, la situation des personnes dans les camps et les sites de relocalisation, le déplacement des victimes du séisme et les expulsions forcées dont sont victimes les personnes évoluant dans les camps.

II.Réaménagement de certaines parties du département de l\’Ouest

Le 22 mars 2010, le Président René Préval a pris un arrêté présidentiel consacrant la confiscation de plusieurs terrains pour cause d\’utilité publique. En effet, huit (8) propriétés totalisant cent cinquante (150) carreaux de terre ont été identifiées par leurs coordonnées géographiques et déclarées d\’utilité publique. Selon l\’article 1er de l\’arrêté du 22 mars 2010, il s\’agit des périmètres suivants :

1.L\’Angle de la Rivière Bretelle à la Route Nationale numéro 1, en allant vers Port-au-Prince, jusqu\’à Chapigny, à l\’entrée de Bon Repos

2. Le point B: 788 486.84 ; 2061596.09 et le point B1: 791360.24 ; 2063980.60 ;

3.Corail Cesselesse



6.Morne Saint Christophe



Le 2 septembre 2010, le Président René Préval a pris un autre arrêté déclarant d\’utilité publique, la surface délimitée au Nord par la Rue des Césars, au Sud, par la Rue St Honoré, à l\’Est, par la Rue Capois et à l\’Ouest, par le rivage de la mer. via RNDDH.

Video: Reflections on Haiti’s Earthquake . . . Outtakes of La Belle Vie: The Good Life Documentary

With over 60 hours of footage and dozen\’s of amazing contributor\’s, \”Reflections of Haiti\’s Earthquake\” is a tribute video created from the outtakes of the upcoming feature documentary \”La Belle Vie: The Good Life.\” Directed by Rachelle Salnave and it\’s moving photography crafted by Jean H. Marcelin, this short film captures the contagious affection the Haitian Diaspora and the outside world has with Haiti, reflection\’s on personal earthquake experiences and a resounding motto that \”Haiti Lives\” on!

For more information about La Belle Vie: via Documentary


Make 2014 a Year of Recommitment to Haiti | Chris Herlinger

I had been out of touch with the Reverend Guillomettre lately — which was my loss. Guillomettre is a committed humanitarian and, on Easter, a passionate minister who preaches a \”hot sermon.\” But after the holidays, I was happy to receive a letter he sent to his friends in the U.S. and elsewhere about how Haiti is faring in the midst of the fourth anniversary of the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake.

It is a mixed milestone, to say the least. Guillomettre recalls how, four years ago, many humanitarians \”stood up\” to support Haiti and remembers the many ways \”churches and organizations working in development throughout the world arrived in Haiti to show solidarity with the Haitian people.\”

Guillomettre\’s organization, which has done great work in the area of support for food cooperatives in northwestern Haiti, offered a word of thanks to those who provided support, assistance and solidarity to the people of Haiti. via | Chris Herlinger


USAID: Haiti recovery won’t happen overnight — nationnews.com

Four years after Haiti was struck by a powerful earthquake that killed an estimated 300 000 people and damaged most of the country’s infrastructure, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is warning that the impoverished, French-speaking Caribbean country’s recovery “won’t happen overnight”.

USAID mission director to Haiti, John Groarke, said in a statement on today that USAID was “striving to build the capacity of local organizations to lead and manage development initiatives.

“This necessarily involves building public and private institutions so Haitians can lead and manage their own development. via  – nationnews.com


How Haiti earthquake launched ‘digital humanitarianism’ – CSMonitor.com

On the fourth anniversary of the earthquake, it is worth noting how much “digital humanitarianism” has come of age, breaking down the barriers of space and time and allowing individuals globally to better help others after a large natural disaster.With each leap in communication technology, compassion knows fewer boundaries. Just as CNN improved on the speed of newspapers in reporting on a crisis, the digital mapping of social media improves on CNN, compiling and digesting data through crowdsourcing. During Roman times, Jesus asked, “Having ears, hear ye not?” Today, the question might be: “Having a crisis map of disaster X, respond ye not?” via - CSMonitor.com.

Haïti : où en est le pays quatre ans après le séisme « Creole Magazine

Il y a 4 ans suite au séisme du 12 janvier 2010, il y avait donc près d’un million de personnes à reloger, des sans-abri parce que leur maison avait été détruite dans le tremblement de terre. On se souvient de la place du champ-de-mars à Port-au-Prince où se trouve le palais présidentiel, détruit lui aussi, couverte de tentes.

Aujourd’hui, la plupart des camps ont été vidés

Entre 700 et 800.000 personnes sont relogées même si les conditions de ce relogement sont parfois difficiles. Les Haïtiens qui ont accepté les 500 dollars d’aide de l’état sont allés grossir de nouveaux bidonvilles à Port au Prince.

Une ONG comme “Entrepreneurs du monde” a décidé elle de former des entrepreneurs du bâtiment afin de leur permettre de reconstruire du solide, du durable en prenant en compte des normes parasismiques, véritable obsession de la population. via Creole Magazine


Lamothe: Haiti rebounding from devastating earthquake — MiamiHerald.com

Four years after a major earthquake buried Haiti\’s capital and left enough rubble to fill five super domes, the country is slowly rising from tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have been relocated from camps that once housed 1.5 million.

But many challenges remain. Billions of promised aid remain outstanding, the country continues to be heavily reliant on discounted oil from Venezuelan and negotiations continue with neighboring Dominican Republic over trade imbalances and a controversial constitutional court ruling on citizenship for Haitians.

On the eve of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake’s anniversary, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, at the helm of the government for the past 18 months, talked with the Miami Herald about reconstructing a country on a shoe-string and other challenges. via - MiamiHerald.com


Léogâne debout 4 ans plus tard

Léogâne debout 4 ans plus tard


Ban Ki-moon rend hommage aux victimes du séisme quatre ans après le drame

Ban Ki-moon rend hommage aux victimes du séisme quatre ans après le drame


Le Matin – « Quatre ans après, où sommes-nous ? »

Selon le Premier ministre, ainsi que son ministre de l’Agriculture, des Ressources naturelles et du développement rural (MARNDR), en l’occurrence Thomas Jacques, ce secteur, à lui seul, fournit près de 65% de la totalité des activités financières du pays et a donc considérablement « boosté » l’économie haïtienne ; accusant une croissance de plus de 4% au cours de l’exercice fiscal écoulé.

Le titulaire du MARNDR s’est félicité du fait que les choix faits pendant cet exercice ont permis une augmentation significative dans la production d’œufs, d’igname, de manioc, de patates douces, etc. Par exemple, la culture du riz a connu une nette hausse de 18% au cours de la même période.

Toujours selon Thomas Jacques, les axes d’intervention privilégies par le MARNDR ont favorisé le curage de plusieurs berges de rivières, la protection de maints bassins versants, la réhabilitation de plus de 35 mille hectares de terres irrigables et la mise en valeur d’environ 50 hectares de terres arables. via Le Matin


Haïti: l’aide du Canada manque de transparence | Mélanie Marquis | Amérique latine

«On a des données globales sur les projets financés, mais ça nous vient du rapporteur de l\’ONU. Et dans les données globales, on dit que les deux tiers de l\’aide à la reconstruction (554,8 millions $) rentrent dans la catégorie \’non spécifiée\’. Donc on n\’a pas une vision globale», a exposé M. Cliche.

De façon générale, l\’aide canadienne est «susceptible d\’avoir un impact positif» sur les conditions de vie de la population haïtienne, signale le chercheur de l\’Université de Montréal, qui a effectué cette recherche à la demande de l\’organisme Concertation pour Haïti (CPH). via | Amérique latine.

Haiti earthquake: where is US aid money going? Get the data | Global development | theguardian.com

Data released by the US agency for international development (USAid) last year shows it spent more than $270m on projects in Haiti in 2013, with US-based companies receiving almost half of this and American non-profits a further 37%. One Washington-based company, Chemonics International, received more than $58m of USAid funding for agriculture, infrastructure and other projects.

Critics have argued for years that donors\’ practice of spending aid money through organisations located in their own countries has hampered efforts to build self-sufficiency abroad, and works to the detriment of local businesses and industries.

Economists say the impact of donor funds has drastically altered the business ecosystem, with mixed results locally. via | theguardian.com


Montreal group criticizes Ottawa’s efforts in Haiti | CTV Montreal News

“We have comprehensive data on funded projects but it comes from the UN report,” said Cliche. “The aggregate data notes that two-thirds of the reconstruction aid ($554.8 million) falls in the category \’unspecified.\’ So we do not have a global vision,\” said Cliche.

About 113,595 temporary shelters were built following the disaser, according to a UN report and many of those affected are still living in what were meant to be a stopgap measure.

According to UN data published Sept. 30, 2013 , 171,974 people are still living in 306 temporary sites and the reconstruction effort is only 13 percent complete. via | CTV Montreal News


Le Matin – La Diaspora haïtienne commémore la journée du 12 janvier

Le Consul général d’Haïti à Montréal Justin Viard informe la communauté haïtienne vivant au Canada qu\’une messe du souvenir en l\’honneur des victimes du séisme du 12 janvier 2010 sera chantée le dimanche 12 janvier 2014, à 17h00 en l\’Église Notre-Dame d\’Haïti, située au 10946, rue St-Vital, Montréal-Nord.

« Cette commémoration est une occasion de nous recueillir dans le respect de la mémoire de ces milliers de frères et sœurs qui ont disparu dans ce drame. Faisons de nos pensées et de nos prières, le plus bel hommage à ceux qui sont passés de vie à trépas en ce jour inoubliable », a déclaré le Consul général. via Le Matin


Press release – Four years on from the Haiti earthquake: The EU’s response

EU aid reaches one Haitian in every two.

The EU has provided €883 m for Haiti between 2008 and 2013. Since 2010, the EU has committed €570 million for financing projects in a number of priority areas, such as supporting the State\’s budget, rehabilitation of roads, agriculture, education, human rights, food security, electoral assistance and support to trade.

As well as providing humanitarian and development aid, the EU and Haiti are engaged in a regular political dialogue aimed at advancing democracy, human rights, the rule of law, security and regional cooperation.

The EU has been a partner of Haiti since 1989, when the country joined the African, Caribbean and Pacific (or ACP) group of countries. This partnership was renewed as part of the Cotonou Agreement, which was concluded in 2000. via  The EU’s response


Haïti-Séisme : Quatre ans après, plus de 145 mille sans abris encore dans des situations difficiles, selon les projections officielles

Plus de 145 mille personnes, déplacées suite au tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010, demeurent toujours dans des conditions difficiles dans les camps, à quelques jours de la commémoration du quatrième anniversaire de cette catastrophe, selon les données dont a pris connaissance l’agence en ligne AlterPresse.

Il n’y a pas d’unanimité en ce qui concerne les statistiques : des organisations, intervenant sur la problématique du logement, avancent même le chiffre de 200 mille personnes déplacées qui seraient encore dans les camps, 4 ans après le tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010. via Vision 2000


Mission of Hope Provides Model for Rebuilding Haiti as 4-Year Earthquake Anniversary Approaches – MarketWatch

\”The earthquake didn\’t just affect people physically, but it affected the lives of millions of Haitians as a whole: mind, body and soul,\” said Brad Johnson, President of Mission of Hope. \”Mission of Hope has shown that long-term transformation and effective rebuilding are possible but require a holistic approach and not just immediate relief.\”

Founded in 1998, MOH started as a small, Christian ministry providing Bible studies and limited medical treatments through its one, on-site clinic. Over the past fifteen years, the Haiti-based nonprofit has grown ten-fold into a sprawling 236-acre organization covering four sites and providing a variety of programs impacting more than 200,000 Haitians.

MOH today incorporates holistic programming including housing, medical, food and education in addition to its Christian ministry. On a daily basis, MOH and its partners feed more than 80,000 Haitians using food supplies stored in the organization\’s 32-thousand square-foot warehouse. In addition, MOH has built more than four hundred permanent homes for displaced Haitians affected by the 2010 earthquake. The organization is also in the process of expanding its medical clinic and building a hospital on-site in addition to a technical school and sports complex. via - MarketWatch


Nearly four years after quake, Haitians still in tents – Yahoo News

As the fourth anniversary of the disaster approaches, more than 170,000 Haitians are still living in makeshift housing, in extremely precarious conditions and sometimes facing eviction.

Widlene and her family live in a tent on a private lot along a main road linking the capital Port-au-Prince to the eastern suburb of Petionville.

The girl has never been to school and spends her days staring blankly at cars and trucks speeding along the road nearby.

\”On January 12, 2010, the roof of our house fell on top of our heads. I wasn\’t hurt but our house fell apart and so we came here,\” Widlene recalls, her bare feet covered in dust. via - Yahoo News



Venezuela to Build 4400 New Houses in Haiti | venezuelanalysis.com

The Venezuelan government has pledged to construct 4400 new housing units in Haiti worth around US$260 million, according to Haitian  Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

Lamothe announced the initiative after a one day visit to Caracas on Monday.

3900 of the houses will be constructed in Port-au-Prince, while 500 will be built on Ile-a-Vache. An island just off Haiti\’s south-west peninsula, Ile-a-Vache is currently being developed for tourism by the Haitian government. The Venezuelan government is partially funding a US$66 million hotel project on the island.

Along with housing and tourism deals, Lamothe\’s visit reportedly focused on discussion of Haiti\’s  Petrocaribe debt obligations. Under Petrocaribe, Caribbean states are able to purchase Venezuelan oil at preferential rates. Following the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, Haiti was forgiven US$400 million in Petrocaribe debt. via  | venezuelanalysis.com



US Congressman: Results of Aid to Haiti “Aren’t Impressive”

“Now, over three years later, the results aren’t impressive,” Royce said. “Of the two millions impacted by the earthquake, an estimated 320,000 remain in squalid displacement camps. Efforts to provide permanent housing have been undermined by weak property rights. Unemployment is high. Corruption is rampant. The business climate is very poor.”

According to the Government Accountability Office, USAID had obligated $336 million and disbursed $229.5 million in funding for earthquake reconstruction through June 30, 2013.

That was out of a total of $651 million in funding for Haiti earthquake reconstruction from the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010. via Caribbean Journal



Haiti, After the Earthquake | Krista O’Brien

“Most people don’t like talking about the earthquake, but someone always asks. It’s just so painful to remember.”

Overlooking the crowded streets of Port-au-Prince, I sit with Elsa Hilaire, the national coordinator for Christian Horizons in Haiti, in a tiny sandwich shop as we wait for our lunch. I’ve just asked her about the earthquake. Open mouth, insert foot.

Elsa is very gracious. When I apologize for bringing up something so sensitive, she says it’s OK. She goes on to lament the lack of information that her people had about earthquakes. “When the earthquake hit, people were afraid, so they went inside to hide in their homes. And then the homes collapsed on them. They didn’t know what was happening, or what they should do. That is why we lost so many people. It was so very sad.” via Haiti, After the Earthquake | Krista O’Brien



Haïti-Justice: l’OPC dresse un bilan “accablant” de la situation des prisons en Haïti

Les conditions de vie qui y règnent sont abjectes, dégradantes et infrahumaines, ainsi qu’en flagrante contravention de la Constitution de 1987 et nombre de conventions internationales ratifiées par Haïti », révèle l’OPC.

L’OPC croit qu’il est cependant possible d’identifier les défaillances du système judiciaire et leurs conséquences directes sur la surpopulation carcérale. Cette situation cause qu’un bon nombre d’individus sont détenus arbitrairement, voire illégalement en raison de l’incapacité du système judiciaire à faire face à ses responsabilités.

« L’Administration Pénitentiaire ne fait que garder les détenus pour le compte du Parquet. Cette autorité qui engage la poursuite et la ferme, détient donc les clés de la prison sous son contrôle », a signalé l’OPC. Aussi, il dit noter avec intérêt la visite récente du nouveau commissaire du gouvernement de Port-au-Prince Me Francisco René au pénitencier national. via Haïti-Justice



‘Fault Lines’ grounds Haiti’s earthquake and aftermath in the views of the people | rabble.ca

Bell does offer compelling verbal pictures of sidewalks replaced by “ground concrete that looked as if it had been through a blender, and rebar bent like bread-wrapper twist ties,” as well as anecdotes of people finally making it home only to find that their entire family is dead.

However, we also learn of the relief project set up by the Association for the Promotion of Integrated Family Health in the Carrefour-Feuilles section of Port au Prince to provide daily meals to people who had lost everything in the earthquake. With some international support money, APROSIFA contacted 60 neighbourhood street vendors and paid them to purchase food from Haitian farmers and cook meals for ten to 15 specific homeless families. via  | rabble.ca



Michigan Chronicle – Haiti Sees Huge Drop in Homelessness

When the IOM announced less than a week ago that 279,000 Haitians were still living in squalid conditions in tent cities, most of them in and around Port-au-Prince, the capital, the news was an improvement over the 360,000 displaced persons living hand to mouth in almost 500 tent camps in January this year, the third anniversary of the calamity. Clearly, it was a far cry from the 1.5 million Haitians left homeless after earthquake had pummeled the nations but such a large number is obviously untenable.

The international community, especially donor nations and individuals from around the world, have earmarked almost $10 billion in assistance to help put Haitians back on their feet and improve living conditions. But quite frankly there is more, much more, that should have been done to help the homeless, those who suffered serious injuries and to rebuild the country’s infrastructure and the economy, which suffered significant damage.

There is enough blame to go around, beginning with the international community, which earmarked large sums of money at door conferences but took back much of the money to reimburse their treasuries for humanitarian activities they undertook after the act of nature left a trail of devastation across Haiti. A report of the Center for Global Development indicated that about a third of $ 6 billion set aside to help in the rebuilding drive actually went back to the donors to reimburse them for their own civil and military work in Haiti. Much of the remainder reportedly went to international NGOs and private contractors to finance their Haitian operations. via Michigan Chronicle



Aid to Haiti needs to be redone – From Our Inbox – MiamiHerald.com

Since 1935, Haiti has been hit by 10 massive hurricanes — four in 2008 alone.

Earthquakes are less frequent but more devastating. The earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, killed more than 200,000, injured another 300,000 and left an estimated 1 million homeless.

The day after the 2010 earthquake, the Associated Press reported that North American, European and other governments had already pledged a combined total of nearly $40 million in aid. Personnel and materiel were arriving already, too. The Americans were sending in the Marines — more than 2,000 of them — along with ships, helicopters and transport planes.

With this massive outpouring of aid — nearly $4 for every Haitian man, woman and child pledged in the first 24 hours alone — why is it that there is so little to show for it?

National Public Radio reported that, as of the third anniversary of the quake, as many as 350,000 people still lived in camps with inadequate shelter or sanitation. Very little reconstruction has taken place. Even the National Palace has not been rebuilt. So, where did all that money go? via - MiamiHerald.com



Can earthquake-proof table save lives? – CNN.com

The earthquake-proof table “transforms energy and absorbs it,” says Brutter. “When something falls on the table it absorbs the object’s energy, and debris is forced to the side.” In the event of a building’s collapse, the tables are also designed to form passageways through the debris to help assist in rescue efforts.

The table was initially tested by the Israeli military and is currently awaiting official approval of the world-leading Structural Engineering department of Padua University, Italy, where more tests have been carried out.

Brutter and Bruno estimate that 300 million children live in areas of the world prone to earthquakes with weak school buildings. Dr Richard Luckett, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey, says that this estimation strikes him as reasonable: “there are a lot of cities in regions where large earthquakes can be expected and many of these are in the developing world.” via – CNN.com



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