2021 EarthQuake Updates 

IWOH Psychosocial Intervention in the nippes

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   IWOH Psychosocial intervention with the earthquake survivors
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We’ve Adopted Pestel

Following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti’s southern Peninsula, one of the most severely hit departments is Grand’Anse, it is home to the commune of Pestel. With a population of more than 44,000 people (2015 census) settled across 5 communal sections, the town of Pestel was founded in 1829. Nestled between mountains and sea, Pestel is home to the region’s port, which is hosts to a century-old biweekly marketplace. The downtown area of Pestel with 5,000 inhabitants, has been a municipality since 1929; it is home to a town hall, a police station, a court of peace, a hospital, several churches, and guest houses.

 

The August 14, earthquake left the commune with 152 deaths, over 5,000 destroyed or severely damaged homes, close to 1,500 damaged water reservoirs, 67 damaged schools, and 47 damaged churches. The pier’s collapse has not only reduced the space available to hold the marketplace by 50-60%, but it has also crippled the Commune of Pestel only port, the key to the livelihood of thousands of families. Faced with widespread destruction across 110 square miles, International Women of H.O.P.E (IWOH), along with other concerned citizens and organizations, have decided to adopt the town of Pestel.

 

In Haiti, women are at the center of trade, also known as “Madan Sara”, a name used to describe Haitian women merchants. Madan Sara distributes agricultural goods brought to market by the women of the smallholder farming households. The marketplace is where farm goods are sold, and non-farm goods are purchased. This key social and economic function is at risk due to the pier's collapse.

 

A focus on restoring Pestel’s Pier/ marketplace ecosystem is essential to the lives of thousands of women and subsequently their families.

By remaining true to its mission, IWOH is committed to the long-term goal of adopting Pestel and empowering its women for the commune’s sustainable growth and development.

              Pestel “Marche” Marketplace and coast before the August 14th 2021 Earthquake
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Pestel Marche and pier 26 days after the August 14th 2021 earthquake
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How We Are Making a Difference

Post-earthquake IWOH has served all three of the departments in the southern peninsula: Nippes, L’azile, Karouk – commune Anse-à-Veau, Department du Sud: Rendel, Les Cayes and Grand’Anse. IWOH Haiti team distributed emergency items, during the country’s most critical time when roads and infrastructure were destroyed making it a hard to reach our destinations. Our partner Mr. Jean Baptiste Joseph with the Inter-Institutional Committee for the Defense of the Rights of Migrants and Refugees in the State of Pernambuco in Brazil, along with other partners have distributed food, school materials, and survival kits to survivors. With your help we can continue to reach more regions that are underserved.

There are many areas that are still underserved. With your help we can reach many more areas that have not received any help and are in desperate need. 

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