On World Mental Health Day, MCC and Zanmi Lasante are spreading the message that you’re not alone.
“It’s important to have female club monitors because people are always saying there are things women can’t do,” says Ovilmar. “We’re fighting against that. They say women can’t plant trees, but in the MCC clubs, we say that they can.”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas— avocado season! Here in Haiti the creamy green fruits arrive with the sweltering temperatures and dramatic thunderstorms of the rainy season, and come in all shapes and sizes.
September 21st is International Peace Day. MCC’s partners in Haiti are building peace every day by resolving conflicts, transforming communities, and advocating on behalf of Haiti’s most vulnerable. Celebrate peace with us by learning about their work.
A huge thank you to our donors who make effective disaster response response possible!
Faced with a vulnerable, transient population and a weak and inefficient justice system, JUPED, with MCC support, launched a community-based restorative justice platform called Ti Platfòm Lapè, (Little Platforms of Peace) in 2017. The peace platforms are composed of pastors, teachers, market women, and other community members who have been trained in mediation skills and who meet every fifteen days to hear and resolve cases of conflict and violence in the community.
What started as just a job turned into a passion as Estere Pierre began to learn more about the students’ lives and the role FOPJ could play in making a difference not just for the students, but for the community of Kafou Fèy .
Remis Pierre returned to his home community of Kabay after a stint working in the neighboring Dominican Republic, and has now been able to make a living for himself at home as a result of an MCC agroforestry project. He wants to encourage other young people in his community to "take heart and work together" to make a better future for themselves and their families.
Jou aprè tè a te fin tranble a te gen anpil espwa bòkote tout ayisyen, yo tap di yon sèl bagay peyi a pral chanje paske tout moun te mete tèt ansam paske yo te kwè si yo te ankò vivan genyen yon rezon pou sa e yo te vle eksplwate rezon sa a. se pou tèt sa te gen yon pafèt amou youn pou lòt paske yo te kwè se nan inite yo ka fè peyi a reviv ankò aprè katastrof la.
The day after the earthquake, there was so much hope between all Haitians. They were only saying that the country was going to change because everyone was coming together. This was because they believed they survived for a reason and they wanted to share that reason—for people to have a perfect love for one another because they believed that unity could revive the country again after the catastrophe.
Rèstavèk children are typically children who are sent by their parents to work as domestic servants because their parents lack the resources to support them.
MCC is working with partner TIMKATEC to provide primary and professional education, food and lodging and psycho-social support for vulnerable children.
Zanmi Timoun provides incarcerated children with a lawyer and pays the court fees children’s families are unable to pay. With legal representation, most children finally receive a hearing with a judge and are often released soon afterwards.
June 1st marks the official beginning of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting a normal to above-normal hurricane season, but as climate change warms the Atlantic and gives rise to stronger and more damaging storms, we might need to adjust our understanding of what "normal" means.
Every year, MCC LACA brings together partners from around the region for an encounter around a specific theme. This year, we met in Colombia, to talk about education, and to visit an MCC partner, Edupaz, supported school. As always, the gathered practitioners are the experts.
“Men anpil, chay pa lou” — Many hands make the load lighter
In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work in Haiti through a series of six stories highlighting each decade.
“When you look at [the Artibonite], you can see there are more trees providing coverage for homes than there were before. If you go up to the mountains, you can see the area of Desarmes is covered in trees. There are a lot of people who have changed their economic situation. They did not have a home, but now, they have a house with a roof so they are covered when the rain comes.”
“Men anpil, chay pa lou” — Many hands make the load lighter
In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work in Haiti through a series of six stories highlighting each decade
In the late 80s and early 90s, Haiti’s military leadership began a program of violent repression. These years of political upheaval would label MCC’s work as a political threat and lead to the arrest of MCC workers.
MCC partner the Christian Justice Alliance is composed of a group of Christian lawyers who donate their services to help get nonviolent prisoners released from pretrial detention.
In Haiti, MCC is working with local communities and partners to plant millions of trees in the areas that need them most. MCC started reforestation work in Haiti in the 80s and the work has continued to this day: over the last five years, we’ve planted 2,368,964 trees, including 393,933 fruit trees. Not only do families benefit from nutritious food and the income from fruit and lumber sales, whole communities thrive as a result of healthier ecosystems—take a look at the infographic below to learn how.
“So, what is your life like in Haiti?”
There are a multitude of ways I could answer this question! I could share about the beauty of Haiti’s mountains, the bright colors of flowers, the hospitable warmth of people, the musical sound of Haitian Creole being spoken, or the smell that fills the kitchen when you make fresh passion fruit juice.
Cité Soleil, a community in Port-au-Prince, is stigmatized by others in Haiti and the rest of the world as an area of extreme violence and competing gangs.
MCC partner SAKALA (Sant Kominote Altènatif Ak Lapè (SAKALA), The Community Center for Peaceful Alternatives) has developed a peace education tool that the youth are thrilled about—soccer.