MCC Haiti responds to disasters both through immediate relief and by building long-term resilience in communities throughout the country.
“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
On October 3, 1962, just 4 years after beginning work in Haiti, MCC responded to the aftermath of Hurricane Flora in southern Haiti.
Janvier is a member of Comite Artisanal Haïtien (CAH), an MCC partner that supports artisans by assisting them with promotion and market access. MCC hopes to provide alternatives to uprooting people and separating families by supporting sustainable livelihoods for people in their home countries, so people like Janvier can remain in Haiti and invest in their home communities.
MCC-supported projects have provided multifaceted psychosocial services to 450 Haitian women and girls since Hurricane Matthew.
In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work alongside local partners in Haiti. Explore our interactive timeline to discover the people and projects that have marked MCC's work in the years from 1958 to the present.
The media’s interest in disasters often lasts only weeks but for the people involved, the impact can continue to be felt years and years down the line.
In April of 2016, Bozil Anouce got cholera. Anouce, better known as Wowo, is the night watchman at the MCC Desarmes office. He can’t remember exactly how long he’s worked with MCC, but his best estimate puts it at almost 30 years. After getting sick, Wowo tried to carry on tending his gardens and animals as usual, but eventually it became too much.
Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on October 4th, 2016, causing widespread damage throughout the country. Since then, 2,463 donors have given $1,036,598.00 USD.
Here are some the ways MCC has supported Haitians after the storm:
During MCC’s Hurricane Matthew response, local leaders in Wondo and Wopisa expressed their need for long-term food security. There was a desire to rebuild gardens, livestock, and strengthen their community as a whole. Local leaders saw the potential for these communities to respond by supporting one another rather than fighting for aid. In response, MCC launched a 2-year food security project that would provide opportunities for peacebuilding in both communities.
One year ago, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, bringing devastating wind, rain, and storm surges to communities where day-to-day life was already precarious. MCC Haiti responded in the first 48 hours, and then, in the weeks and months that followed, implemented food security and health projects to address the long-term effects of the storm. One year later, we're revisiting some of these stories.
When the pouring rains from Hurricane Irma flooded her home in the night, Koleman lifted her three children to safety onto the rafters to wait out the floodwaters.