Jul 18, 2012
Ravine Pintade: Building Back "Better" in Haiti Claudia Marcelus, a resident of Ravine Pintade in Port-au-Prince, describes life before and after her neighborhood was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Haphazard construction, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, no street lighting, reoccurring flooding, sewage problems and fear of fires, characterized life in Ravine Pintade before the earthquake. Through the Katye project funded by USAID, CHF International, PCI and the residents of Ravine Pintade were able to build back better. Katye, which means "neighborhood" in Creole, was based on a comprehensive and integrated planning process that involved experts, like architects and engineers, but also relied heavily on the participation of residents in the planning and decision-making... Read more
Aug 02, 2018
Supporting Communities’ Disaster Resilience Drawing on decades of experience, Global Communities partners with communities to recover after natural disasters by addressing long-term needs and rebuilding climate-resilient infrastructure. As a leader in community development and community engagement, Global Communities works with communities to strengthen their environmental resilience through climate change adaptation planning and disaster risk mitigation. At the center of all of our work is our proven Participatory Action for Community Engagement (PACE) approach, empowering communities to identify, prioritize and find solutions to their most pressing needs. Resulting resilience programming... Read more
Nov 02, 2017
Global Communities and Unidos por Puerto Rico Team Up for Recovery Effort Silver Spring, November 2, 2017 -- Global Communities has partnered with Unidos por Puerto Rico to help repair homes near San Juan that were badly damaged by Hurricane Maria. Support to Maria Survivors will focus on providing roof repair and mold removal support to families impacted by Hurricane Maria. The three-month, $200,000 partnership is urgently needed in the ongoing recovery effort and will provide families with a safe place to recover, both mentally and physically, with dignity. The Support to Maria Survivors Program will coordinate and manage youth volunteers trained by licensed Puerto Rican architects to install either zinc roof repair kits or tarp kits, and provide an... Read more
Feb 01, 2017
Beyond the Basics: Holistic Humanitarian Assistance for Syrians By Margo Berends  |  This article originally appeared in American Diplomacy. The Syrian conflict continues to tear apart communities, families, lives and livelihoods. Millions have been displaced by the violence, either within Syria or across its borders, and the refugee crisis reverberates across the Middle East, Europe and beyond. While there has been much discussion of the refugee crisis, there has been limited coverage in mainstream American media of the needs of refugees and displaced people beyond the basics. The scale of the crisis is staggering. As of December 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees... Read more
Oct 20, 2016
Global Communities Programs in Haiti Global Communities began working in Haiti in 2006 to promote stability by creating jobs and rehabilitating much-needed infrastructure. In response to the devastating earthquake, which struck Haiti in January 2010, Global Communities implemented projects focusing on rubble removal, restoring livelihoods through cash-for-work, construction of transitional shelters and rebuilding of a neighborhood for those displaced by the disaster. Global Communities continues to help earthquake-affected residents through housing reconstruction and neighborhood-based urban planning.  Read more ... Read more
Feb 04, 2016
Global Communities in Lebanon Global Communities, known as CHF International inside of the country, has been working in Lebanon since 1997. With more than 15 years of experience, Global Communities has established a reputation for implementing community driven
programs that address a broad range of social issues, from agricultural development, to education and the current Syrian Crisis. Learn more about current and past programs in Lebanon here.
Feb 04, 2016
Global Communities' Humanitarian Assistance From natural disasters to armed conflicts, Global Communities provides humanitarian assistance to people in need. We partner with affected communities to provide immediate relief in ways that enable communities to quickly recover, build back more safely, and restart livelihoods sooner. In the process of providing immediate assistance, we develop innovative programs that consider the longterm recovery of a community. Our assistance focuses on restarting livelihoods, increasing access to financial services, rebuilding homes and neighborhoods to help families recover from the trauma of disaster and conflict. Our work focuses on four main areas: Food Security and... Read more
Sep 25, 2015
Global Communities Assists Internally Displaced Syrians, Refugees and Host Communities During Syrian Humanitarian Crisis
Global Communities staff oversees unloading of agricultural inputs to support families in Northern Syria. Since the start of the war in Syria more than four and a half years ago, 11.7 million Syrians have fled brutal violence, including more than four million who have crossed into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq . These four million are among the nearly 18.1 million refugees around the world who often live without their basic needs being met, such as sufficient food, medical care, and shelter. Global Communities has been responding to the current crisis since early 2013 by supporting local farmers and providing shelter improvement kits to Syrians who... Read more
Sep 23, 2015
Refugees Find Safe Haven in Refugee Camp Outside Beirut
Two Syrian refugee women sit outside their makeshift home in Ketermaya, Lebanon. Six families reside on this property relying on the generosity of the landowner and support from UNHCR and Global Communities. Ketermaya, Lebanon, one hour from Beirut, is steps away from the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, and it is also home to six refugee families from Syria who literally have nowhere else to go. The land is owned by Mr. Ali Tafesh, who charges them nothing, because they have nothing. Most of the people there can’t work because of longtime disabilities or wounds of war, or because they don’t have working papers. But the majority are too young to work anyway – they have been orphaned or abandoned and now play with anything they... Read more
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