In Haiti, nearly 90% of poor and 67% of extremely poor households live in rural areas where basic infrastructure such as roads, potable water, and sanitation are absent or severely depleted. Since 1997, HHF has been working to improve families access to basic and economic infrastructure and support income-generating activities by financing small enterprises. In addition, HHF has been providing housing for poor families and the homeless residing in hovels in rural southern Haiti. Often, large families live together in small, rickety shacks of cardboard, tin, rags, and straw with dirt floors. Vermin – including mice, rats, and insects – are impossible to control, and the straw roofs constantly leak or are blown away by even fairly mild rainstorms.
Our Happy House Program replaces these shacks with concrete block buildings with a cement floor, a tin roof, windows and doors. Recipients are selected based on financial need. The recipients participate in building the houses by providing labor when possible, as well as sand, rocks, and water. The Happy House construction costs approximately $1,250 per house. There are many benefits to the families who are recipients of a happy house such as:
- Protection from the elements and improved sanitation.
- Poor families are empowered through their contributions to the realization of their own home.
In addition, the community benefits because many trades workers and other laborers gain employment and opportunities to improve their skills and the local economy benefits from the sale of building materials.
Our Clean Latrines Program encourages sanitation and helps to curtail the spread of disease related to the lack of proper waste disposal. To date, many hundreds of latrines have been built in Jérémie and surrounding villages. READ MORE
Our Give-a-Goat Program purchases and distributes goats to rural families who are chosen by local committees on the basis of economic status, participation in health education, and their commitment to the economic revitalization of their communities. It is well known that these hardy animals are adaptive to any terrain. Recipients of a pregnant goat are taught how to breed, barter, and use the meat as a source of animal protein. The average income of families is less than $300 per year, so it is extremely difficult for them to obtain a goat without the assistance of this program.
The Give-a-Goat Program allows Jérémie’s poor families to become more independent and self-sufficient.