Lescave Post Matthew Economic Recovery

The project aims to facilitate post-hurricane economic recovery and contribute to sustainable livelihoods of the most vulnerable families of the Duchity Communale Section of the Pestel region, in the area of Lescave and Gorgette. The project will constitute an initiative founded on the holistic, people-centered development approach. It is designed to   empower communities and avoid creating dependency by progressively strengthening the community capacity to be able to sustain processes of endogenous development. It is now widely acknowledged that an integrated approach that deliberatively develops on the inherent synergy between stakeholders is an essential element for achieving internationally agreed upon social and economic development goals.

The primary objectives of the project are:

  • to assist the most vulnerable and most affected families to recover their livelihoods, and improve agricultural production
  • to reinforce the capacity of local cooperatives local cooperatives to produce high quality seeds by initiating production and promoting local seed banks
  • to promote community resilience building and reinforce local food security system by way of a model garden concept
  • To address issues of environment and climate change adaption by facilitating farmer-led innovation around good agricultural practices, rainwater management, and promotion of an adapted agricultural system that will serve to reduce soil and gully erosion, greatly improve agricultural production, and ensure medium and long-term food security for participating families.
Cost: $221,955 USD
Term: October 2019-September 2021
Funder/Partner: TearFund Netherlands/World Renew


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Cooperative-Based Health Services Pilot (Fon Batis) 2020-2023

The object of the pilot is to explore the possibility of delivering a health care service that meets the needs of a rural population and wherein the community has the capacity to support the services they so desire. The cooperative model practiced by pcH requires that ALL members be financially invested shareholders.  pcH-established cooperatives  understand the  concept of mobilizing resources and the benefits to them. Hence, members are very receptive to contributing additional funds to their cooperative to purchase land (for example) or for other cooperative-driven ventures. We anticipate this will hold true for health services.

The pilot, now its third year, focusses on eight pcH-related cooperatives in the Fon Batis area representing about 2,200 cooperative members.  To date  approximately 500 families have registered in the pilot at an annual fee of 4,300 GDE (or about $45 USD) Services presently include basic health care, a full pharmacy and lab services. The pilot also incorporates innovative telehealth technology such as the Butterfly iQ. The pilot is expected to demonstrate that agricultural cooperatives that practice the Seven Principles of Cooperative and whose members have had access to literacy have the greatest potential to support a health service system that meets their needs. It seeks to establish a service system to ensure the consistent delivery of services with the anticipation that such a model can be replicated when the above conditions are in place.

Plans are presently in the works to include an OB/GYN unit.

Cost: $720,000 CAD
Various Rotary Clubs/Private Donors


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Hurricane Matthew Recovery Response

The focus of this first phase of the program is to contribute to the agricultural recovery of farming households who were affected by Hurricane Matthew, which struck southern Haiti in October 2016. This will lay the basis for longer term agricultural capacity-building and resiliency capacity-building. Woven through the planned programming over the next two years is the core concept of enhancing resilience. This will be done through the promotion of appropriate inputs in this first six month recovery track that will begin providing enhanced year round livelihood opportunities (new and different crops, drought-resistant and crops, changing seasonal harvest patterns through grafting, etc.). After this first proposed project, the stewardship, cultivation and management of these inputs will then be taught and reinforced as part of the second eighteen month resilience track. The main community delivery mechanism through which these results will be achieved will be the community-based cooperative associations that will bring agricultural benefits to families as well as provide an avenue for community members to work together collectively.

Cost: $211,415 CAD
Term: April 2017- March 2019
Funder/Partner: World Renew/CFGB (Canadian Food Grains Bank)
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Hope Community Project

The purpose is to undertake an EBRA (French Acronym for Evaluation of Needs and Resources for Learning) in two communities to assess the technical performance and capacity of broiler production and the potential for economical development through the establishing of a cooperative business. The project includes the training of Hope Community staff in participatory methodology, cooperative formation and establishment, construction of coops and training in broiler production, credit, and an adult literacy program.

Cost:  $150,000 USD
Term: 2017-2020
Funder/Partner: Hope Community Project


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