Humanity & Inclusion teams are providing rehabilitation care, delivering critical aid and helping communities rebuild after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on August 14, 2021, in Haiti. Make a donation today.
Humanity & Inclusion in Haiti
Our team has been in Haiti since 2008, responding to issues that arise from natural disasters, improving access to rehabilitation care and supporting inclusion of people with disabilities.
Haiti has faced recurring political, economic, social and security challenges for several decades, a situation which has worsened since 2018. Since 2021, the resurgence of rivalries and shifting alliances between gangs has caused the displacement of some 19,000 people in Port-au-Prince.
Among the poorest countries in the world, Haiti is regularly affected by natural disasters and has been hit by numerous hurricanes, floods and earthquakes in recent years, including the most recent earthquake on August 14, 2021, which left 650,000 Haitians in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. These disasters disproportionately affect people already living in circumstances of hardship, including people with disabilities. Their most basic needs, such as food, shelter, healthcare, safety, and access to orthopedic-fitting equipment, are often not met.
Areas of Intervention
- Protection and disaster risk reduction
- Social and economic inclusion
- Health and prevention
- Logistics services
- Emergency response
Humanity & Inclusion's 54-person team offers multidisciplinary support to people with disabilities and their families to improve their autonomy, increase their participation in society and make services more inclusive and accessible. Our team reinforces the professional integration of people with disabilities, notably by raising awareness among training centers and employers.
To address a shortage of rehabilitation specialists, Humanity & Inclusion trains rehabilitation professionals, particularly on how to care for earthquake-related injuries. The organization promotes access to quality rehabilitation services and provides organizational and technical support to health facilities.
Following the earthquake of 2021, the organization is providing rehabilitation care and support to several rehabilitation centers and health centers in the Grand Sud. Our team also provides individual and community psychosocial support through awareness and psycho-education actions to address psychological trauma. We're also distributing hygiene kits to households affected by the disaster and organizing awareness sessions on good hygiene practices. In coordination with other aid organizations, our logistics team delivered humanitarian supplies by boat, and more than 300 local community members were hired to work alongside Humanity & Inclusion in rubble clearance activities to restore access to their communities.
To strengthen the preparation and protection of the population in the face of natural disasters, the organization informs and trains authorities and project partners to incorporate the needs of people with disability and other at-risk populations in their interventions.
In order to reinforce road safety in Haiti, Humanity & Inclusion educates the public about dangers of the road and promotes access to public transport for people with disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion has also been working to limit the impact of Covid-19 by ensuring access to care, meeting basic needs and providing services including respiratory therapy and psychosocial support.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been implementing projects to promote a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities since 2008. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of communities where we serve.
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Humanity & Inclusion launched its first emergency response team to Haiti in 2010 following the earthquake. The organization’s emergency response teams are still active in Haiti through a project called the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), which was set up in partnership with UNICEF to manage the monitoring, alert systems and response to the natural disasters which regularly plague the country.
After Hurricane Matthew on October 4, 2016, which affected more than two million people, Humanity & Inclusion launched a new emergency response in aid of the people affected by the hurricane.
Universal Design & Case-Management
Humanity & Inclusion worked with construction professionals to ensure that new buildings and other structures are accessible to people with disabilities. Following the 2010 earthquake, the organization built more than 1,000 accessible homes for people with disabilities.
Humanity & Inclusion assisted civil society operators and ministry for Social Affairs to reform and establish child protection mechanisms for public institutions and organization, particularly around the rights and needs of children with disabilities.
Training Rehabilitation Professionals
In 2012, the organization transferred some of its physical rehabilitation operations to a local partner, Healing Hands for Haiti, which built a new orthopedic-fitting center in the capital.