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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 26, 2021
Embed from Getty Images On August 14, 2021, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s southern departments of Nippes, Grande Anse and Sud, which have a combined population of 11.4 million.1 Just two days later, on August 16, Tropical Depression Grace made landfall in the same area, with strong winds and heavy rains causing flooding and landslides.  Nearly 1.2 million people are estimated to be affected2 across the three departments, and the Government of Haiti estimates 600,000 individuals in need of assistance.3 The cities of Les Cayes, Jeremie and Anse-aVeaux are reported to be the hardest hit.4... Read more
May 18, 2021
Enhancing Colombian Cities’ Resilience through Insurance for Climate Risks and Natural Disasters Launch of a public-private partnership project on disaster risk management and insurance in Medellin as potential blue-print for other Colombian and Latin American cities to increase climate disaster resilience of the vulnerable populations Frankfurt am Main, Medellín, 10. May 2021 About half of the economic losses due to natural disasters in Colombia are caused by floods, followed by earthquakes and landslides. At the same time, however there are no adequate insurance products available on the market protecting Colombia's urban population against the disastrous effects of these hazards. The international humanitarian assistance and sustainable development organization... Read more
May 07, 2021
Community clean-up efforts after tropical storms Eta and Iota, implemented by Global Communities under the USAID’s BHA-funded Honduras Emergency WASH and Shelter (HEWS) program, have enabled a majority of displaced families in La Reformada, La Lima to return to their homes. With the support of the community, program volunteers, and staff provided by Aguas de La Lima cleaned septic tanks, collected and removed solid waste, and extracted stagnant sewage water from roads. They also extracted water from the inspection wells and rehabilitated the sewage system with the help of a water pump supplied by the program. Global Communities also provided shovels, wheelbarrows, and rakes for these activities. Carmen Rodríguez, president of the board of the La Reformada neighborhood of La Lima, Cortés... Read more
Apr 06, 2021
For several decades, Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have taken a comprehensive, integrated approach to health programming. The merger of Global Communities and PCI one year ago coincided with the onset of the pandemic, and its responses are well informed by the rich history in health programming that each organization brought to the merger itself. Our responses to the coronavirus also reinforce the importance of our broader health programming, with an emphasis on social mobilization and health behavior change. The needs brought into focus by COVID-19 have reinforced the importance of our water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming, prioritizing community engagement, strong local partnerships, and long-term sustainability, everywhere we work. Additionally,... Read more
Mar 23, 2021
This commentary is by Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for Water and Sanitation I was wrong about water supply and sanitation in the United States. When I volunteered in Honduras as a civil engineer with the U.S. Peace Corps in the mid-1970s, I believed that water supply and sanitation needs in the United States were well taken care of and that my skills and passion would be best used working in developing countries. I have since learned that there are significant numbers of underserved people in the United States who do not have equitable access to safe drinking water supply and/or safely managed sanitation. The more that I learn about the causes of the WASH problems and... Read more
Jan 07, 2021
Global Communities was asked by John Deere to design and conduct a participatory community needs assessment in Waterloo, Iowa in partnership with local community members and local partners. The assessment used an participatory-based approach to develop an in-depth understanding of the assets, opportunities, and gaps existing in the Waterloo community in order to inform and strengthen the community projects led by John Deere and other stakeholder organizations to lead to greater impact. The community assessment complemented previous community assessments and existing demographic data to inform and strengthen work that John Deere and other community stakeholders are preparing to... Read more
Dec 10, 2020
To respond to the substantial emergency needs brought on by recent hurricanes in Honduras, Global Communities has launched Honduras Emergency WASH and Shelter (HEWS), a six-month program in the country’s Cortés, Copán, Ocotepeque and Santa Bárbara departments. The program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), aims to address the urgent water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and shelter needs of more than 39,000 vulnerable individuals. Since Hurricane Eta and Iota’s respective landfalls on Nov. 3 and Nov. 16, Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have been marshalling... Read more
Dec 03, 2020
Press Release
USAID Office of Press Relations The Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is sending 280 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting from USAID’s warehouse in Miami to provide emergency shelter to thousands of people in the Republic of Honduras affected by Hurricanes Iota and Eta. Now that floodwaters have started to recede, USAID and Global Communities will use this durable sheeting to repair damaged homes and buildings. USAID is also mobilizing relief supplies previously staged in Honduras to respond quickly... 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
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