Neighborhood Upgrading and Reconstruction
With funding from the World Bank, Global Communities is working in the earthquake-devastated areas to build essential community infrastructure. Building on the success of the recently completed Katye program, PREKAD (Reconstruction Project for Disadvantaged Areas) focuses on rebuilding in compact, urban neighborhoods. In addition to removing rubble and rebuilding housing, the project will establish Community Reconstruction Centers that will be the focal point of all program activities, serving as a source of information, coordination and technical assistance to communities during implementation. Through the project, Global Communities aims to repair several hundred homes and build/rebuild up to 300 homes damaged or destroyed by the earthquake, with a special focus on multi-family housing.
On January 12th 2010, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti resulting in the loss of more than 230,000 lives and massive destruction. Global Communities responded immediately. With funding from USAID, Global Communities launched a major recovery program that focused on large-scale rubble removal and recycling, cash-for-work, construction of transitional shelters and a new type of disaster response using a neighborhood approach.
As part of an integrated approach, Global Communities and partner PCI implemented the groundbreaking USAID-funded Katye urban reconstruction program in the neighborhood of Ravine Pintade, in Port-au-Prince. The integrated approach provided rubble removal and shelter building services, while working with the community to plan for green spaces, plots for schools, and proper access roads to cover the basics of sustainable urban improvement. Returning people to their own communities reduces violence, crime and disorder; facilitates access to employment and maintains community cohesion. By targeting every aspect of urban development, the Katye program can serve as a blueprint for future disaster recovery initiatives around the world.
From 2006 - 2011, Global Communities implemented the USAID-funded KATA program to promote stability by creating jobs and rehabilitating much-needed infrastructure. KATA, which stands for the Creole “Konbit Ak Tet Ansanm,” the principle of working together to accomplish a common goal, helped to create long and short-term employment opportunities for the people of Haiti. Operating in five regions of the country – Petit-Goave, Port-au-Prince, Saint Marc, Gonaives and Cap Haitian – the program trained and employed residents to build and upgraded key community resources, such as roads, schools, drainage canals, hospitals and clinics, bridges and water systems. During the life of the program nearly 170,000 long and short-term jobs were created and 237 infrastructure projects were completed. Through KATA, Global Communities also worked with the private sector in Haiti to train workers in key skilled sectors, such as garment work and construction, to promote long-term sustainable employment.
To learn more, please read about KATA's accomplishments here.