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
Dec 02, 2020
By This article was originally published on the Devex website. The multifaceted dimension of risk in Haiti has made it difficult for humanitarian and development organizations to operate in a traditional framework that sees organizations in sectors such as health, water and sanitation, or disaster relief working in isolation from each other. Institutions including the World Bank have been promoting urban resilience as a cross-sector framework that could help mitigate risks, while building the capacity of cities to withstand crises. Yet resilience-building usually... Read more
Nov 09, 2020
By Kathya de Silva Senarath Tamil and Sinhala villages of Aathiyammankerni and Samagipura in the Trincomalee district have been directly affected by the country’s 30-year conflict that continues to inflame tensions between the two communities. Tensions were aggravated further in 2006 when the LTTE blocked the Mavil Aru sluicegates that brought water to thousands in these villages through the waterways. This blockage also resulted in military action commencing from these areas, along with many reports of missing persons from the region, as well as persons who need psychological and livelihood support. Ever since then, it has  often seemed impossible for Aathiyammankerni and Samagipura communities to strengthen relations. The Sinhala community avoided the Tamil community altogether, and  ... Read more
Sep 17, 2020
N. Sridevi, a single mother of two from Maharambaikulam in the conflict-affected Vavuniya district in the North of Sri Lanka, had been concerned over the area’s drinking water for many years. The people in the North and North Central Provinces have been experiencing high levels of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) for the last decade, and they believe the region’s polluted groundwater is the cause, although this has not yet been scientifically proven. Sridevi is still fearful of drinking groundwater, especially for her children. “There is a common belief among our villagers that the region’s water is contaminated and causes kidney diseases. So, we purchase water bottles from the town 2 km away at high costs,” she said. Seventeen percent of the families in the Vavuniya district have at least... Read more
Jul 10, 2020
A message from Global Communities President and CEO, David A. Weiss: This past year has seen increasingly complex challenges around the world, but the capacities and expertise of Global Communities mean we have a vital role to play in meeting exactly these challenges. Every day, our innovative, dedicated staff works side by side with vulnerable communities and underserved populations, strengthening resilience and bolstering recovery. Global Communities’ programs and projects promote social cohesion and community empowerment across a diverse range of sectors and geographies. Each challenge may be different, but we bring just the right combination of technical expertise and... 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
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