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 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
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
Apr 06, 2020
The 2010/2011 Cholera Prevention Initiative, under the post-earthquake OFDA-funded KATYE, promoted disease prevention in Port au Prince, Gonaives, Cap Hatien, Carrefour and Leogane. Over a critical three-week period, community mobilizers disseminated cholera awareness and prevention messages in high-risk areas. Mobilizers surveyed 24,000 households to collect data on vulnerability to cholera as determined by existing knowledge of cholera and hygiene precautions and access to sanitation. The data was shared with stakeholders responding to the outbreak including OFDA, UNICEF, IOM and others. Global Communities leveraged support from IOM, which contributed over thirty thousand flyers with cholera prevention and hygiene messages.... 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
May 14, 2018
Rebuilding Lives and Livelihoods in the “Promised Land”  Savings and lending associations helping residents in Canaan develop their own businesses
Maggy Pierre and her daughters are rebuilding their lives in the community of Canaan, Haiti. Eight years after the Haiti earthquake, thousands of people are remaking their lives life in Canaan. The area is an emerging city located north of Port-au-Prince and has served as a space to relocate thousands of displaced people after the earthquake in 2010. Among the thousands of these new Canaan residents is Maggy Pierre, a 54-year-old mother of four. She relocated to Canaan in 2017 and built a small house. Known as the Promised Land, Canaan offered earthquake survivors the possibility of owning land and building a house. Despite the benefits... Read more
Aug 16, 2017
Global Cities Initiative Creating more livable, prosperous, resilient communities Cities are expected to add 2 billion people by 2030 in developing countries alone. Half of this growth will occur in informal settlements, mostly in Asia and Africa. Global Communities has worked across the globe with city governments and urban communities for decades helping them manage this urban growth. We have now consolidated our most innovative programming and tools under our Global Cities Initiative. Through the Global Cities Initiative we are creating more livable, prosperous and resilient urban communities across 100s of cities around the world. We do this by building the capacity of local government, promoting citizen participation... Read more
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