Haiti's sprawling capital city is home to 30% of the country's population, in a city designed for far less. Life was already difficult in Port-au-Prince even before a massive earthquake struck the city in 2010, destroying much of its infrastructure and exacerbating pre-existing problems. However, this lively city is also home to dedicated and passionate people and organizations working to create a better future for the city and the country they love.
MCC has been working in Desarmes, in Haiti's Artibonite department, since the early 1980s. Much of Haiti's mountainous terrain was deforested during the colonial era, leaving smallholder farmers struggling more and more every year to grow less and less. After the 2010 earthquake, UN peacekeepers introduced cholera into the Artibonite River, sparking an epidemic that has now killed (a lot) of people. MCC's Desarmes office works in reforestation, agroforestry, and public health, building latrines in remote mountain communities to prevent cholera from spreading among the most vulnerable.
After Hurricane Matthew caused widespread damage throughout Haiti in 2016, MCC supported projects in the Sud, Grand-Anse, and Nord-Ouest Departments.