Infrastructure & Construction

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
Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Mar 22, 2012
World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to recognize the importance of water in our world and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. CHF Honduras Water Harvesting Project Wins Global Award 
Our Millennium Challenge Corporation-Funded water harvesting project in Honduras won the Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize last week. The project worked with rural farmers in Southern Honduras to build reservoirs that can be used to irrigate crops throughout the dry season, improving their productivity and economic security. Read more about the project and the award here
  Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
One of every two people on the... Read more
Aug 12, 2019
SCORE supports access road renovation to improve inter-ethnic relations Nimal Rajapaksa, a Sinhalese mason from the Agbopura new settlement area, travels on his motorcycle to a construction site in the Tamil-majority Vavuniya town using the newly renovated access road in Agbopura in Vavuniya South in the war-torn North of Sri Lanka. Previously, he had to travel eight kilometers extra, taking over an hour and half to reach the Vavuniya town prior to the renovation of the road. Since the road was repaired with USAID support under the SCORE project, his travel time was cut down by more than half, and he has better access to the Vavuniya town, giving him greater opportunity for work in those areas due to better ties with the Tamil community. SCORE is a three-year social... Read more
Jun 14, 2019
A word from David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities: Our people and partners are truly remarkable. They bring to life our nearly 60 programs in 28 countries. Our people are the ones on the front lines working with some of the most vulnerable populations around the world, and in some of the toughest environments, to help them improve their lives and livelihoods. How do they do it? By bringing to life a combination of our collective technical expertise and our ability to build trust with the people in the communities we serve. In Latin America, our programs in Honduras provide opportunities to youth who are otherwise vulnerable to gang recruitment; they help small farmers... Read more
Aug 20, 2018
IOM Completes First Road to Massive Displacement Settlement in Haiti This story was originally published by the International Organization for Migration. IOM, the UN Migration Agency in Haiti has completed the first road to Canaan, a fringe, partial internally displaced persons community that formed after the 2010 earthquake. The road will benefit approximately 200,000 Haitians currently living in Canaan, most of them with no access to electricity, toilets, essential amenities or state services. This new infrastructure will facilitate access to jobs, schools, and hospitals located outside the community. Canaan is a tree-less district located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. The... 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
Jul 06, 2018
Cooperatives in Post-transition Poland   Cooperative Housing Legacy 1991 to Present Day From 1991- 2000, Global Communities, then known as CHF International, worked in post-transition Poland under funding from USAID, seeking to help cooperatives re-establish themselves as organizations capable of delivering housing and addressing some of the key housing issues in the newly forming market economy. After learning from a small pilot program, Global Communities began the Agency to Support Housing Initiatives (AWIM) training program which worked to expand the capacity of local facilitators to create cooperative housing. Small and run according to democratic principles, these new cooperatives were doing things differently, allowing members... Read more
Jun 07, 2018
Global Communities 2017 Annual Report In 1990, more than 37 percent of the global population lived on less than $1.90 a day; in 2015, that number decreased to 9.6 percent. In 1988, there were 350,000 cases of naturally occurring polio reported worldwide; in 2017, this number dropped to 22. Efforts against malaria, such as those Global Communities undertakes in Honduras with the support of the Global Fund, have resulted in the mortality rate decreasing by 29 percent since 2010. In Honduras, these efforts are on the cusp of eliminating the disease from the country entirely. These advances are not just limited to decreased poverty and disease, as the data shows that many economies are becoming less... Read more
May 30, 2017
Global Communities 2016 Annual Report is available!  This year’s annual report contains: Global Communities’ unique approach to a region in crisis - read about our resilience and community-based response to the Syrian refugee crisis impacting the whole Middle Eastern region, in Syria and with refugee and host communities in the surrounding countries, as well as the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Financing a Better World – read about our 20+ years of work in financial inclusion, in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America, and how we are using innovative methods this to help communities grow their economies, ensure stability and diversity, often in the face of conflict, famine and displacement Partners for... Read more
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