Neighborhood Upgrading and Reconstruction

Global Communities is partnering with USAID and the American Red Cross on the Canaan Upgrading and Community Development project. The goal of the project is to promote equitable and resilient urban development in the Canaan area of Port-au-Prince. Interventions under CUCD include building much need community infrastructure like roads, public spaces, a drinking water network and a public lighting system. The program also aims to help residents develop more secure livelihoods and increase their ability to develop their own income-generating activities.


Earthquake Response and Recovery

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.

Neighborhood Upgrading and Reconstruction

Lavi Miyo Nan Katye pa’m Nan (LAMIKA) or "a better life in my neighborhood" was a program funded by the American Red Cross in the neighborhood of Carrefour-Feuilles in Port-au-Prince. LAMIKA sought to improve the resilience of the communities targeted through a sustainable and integrated approach including the rehabilitation of public infrastructure, the improvement of community spaces and access to basic services such as water and sanitation. The program also included a vocational training component for youth in the construction sector. Read more about LAMIKA here.

Funded by USAID, the Community Development Program worked with local governments and existing residents to create a new community in Caracol, Haiti. By engaging and consulting with key stakeholders, the community was designed and constructed with all of the social, economic and governance components in place to ensure that the residents are able to prosper and thrive.

With funding from the World Bank, PREKAD (Reconstruction Project for Disadvantaged Areas) focused on rebuilding in compact, urban neighborhoods. In addition to removing rubble and rebuilding housing, the project established Community Reconstruction Centers that were 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 repaired over 1,100 homes damaged by the 2010 earthquake and built 50 new housing units, with a special focus on multi-family housing.

Disaster Preparedness

The Reducing Vulnerabilities and Impacts of Neighborhood Emergencies (RAVINE) program, funded by USAID/OFDA, focused on risk reduction activities in vulnerable urban ravine neighborhoods. Program interventions included reconstructing community-identified public infrastructure; training residents on safer, cost-effective building techniques; and increasing awareness of the impacts of solid waste.

Katye, Rebuilding a Neighborhood

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.

Building Stability through Sustainable Job Creation and Infrastructure Rehabilitation

KATA report

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 Haitien – 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.