Reconstruction continues in Haiti two months after the earthquake
Two months after the earthquake of 7,3 degrees in the Richter scale that devastated the capital of Haiti, Puerto Principe, the country prepares for the Donors Conference which will be held on March 31, in New York. Several organizations and representatives of the main country donors will work on a strategy to prepare a real reconstruction that goes beyond first aids.
Entreculturas will also attend through our local partners, the Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Service (JRSM) and Fe y Alegría Haiti, who have been working this weekend on a positioning document.
Sonia Adames, JRSM Director for Social Action in Dominican Republic explains that " after the first month, with work directed at collecting aid for emergency, during these last days, each of the organizations members of the Platform for Haiti are resetting their priorities."
The JRMS has opened a fourth office at the South border with Haiti, mainly to tackle document, political advocacy and intercultural issues. "The JRS in Dominican is rethinking its priorities since the earthquake has changed the situation of the migrants living in the country and migrant numbers have increased".
These and other issues will be discussed at the Donors Conference in New York. "We are starting the political phase of the reconstruction. It is the time to go from individual aid to overall proposals" says Sonia Adames.
With the emergency phase still open, at Entreculturas we are working with our partners on a reconstruction programme based on three lines of work:
1. Education in Emergency. The priority is to create an emergency education programme in seven camps for displaced persons. We want to work with affected children to overcome their trauma and allow them to return to school. School construction will take some time and we have to recover school attendance as soon as possible. As of today, between 5.000 y 7.000 children have been assisted. We have 110 teachers and seven coordinators for each camp.
2. Education for Reconstruction. It is a priority to work on a formation programme to teach technical skills for the reconstruction. With this initiative we want to offer the Haitian youth the capacity to reconstruct their own country. We will give courses with 20 technical teachers hired for this purpose with an estimated 1.200 attendants, with ages from 16 to 30.
3. Education recovery. After the earthquake, schools of Puerto Principe and surrounding areas have been strongly affected. In some areas, 90% of schools have been destroyed. On the other hand, non affected areas are receiving many of the affected people and are beyond their capacity to absorb new students. In this context, we want to promote a school reconstruction and teacher training programme.