Humanity & Inclusion in Haiti
Our team has been in Haiti since 2008, responding to issues that arise from natural disasters.
Among the poorest countries in the world, Haiti is regularly affected by natural disasters that increase the vulnerability of the population, especially people with disabilities.
The country's widespread poverty puts people with disabilities at a higher risk in times of natural disasters. Their most basic needs such as food, shelter, healthcare, and access to orthopedic-fitting equipment and safety, are not met.
Our Current Work
In addition to responding to varies emergencies in Haiti, Humanity & Inclusion also focuses on development activities to help the country build the structures necessary to case-manage people with disabilities. Humanity & Inclusion's team of 45 staff works diligently to:
- Address local rehabilitation care shortage
- Assist in disaster preparedness
- Promote accessibility and transport
- Encourage universal design & case-management
- Provide technical support to ensure social and economic inclusion
To better address the needs of people with disabilities, Humanity & Inclusion promotes access to quality rehabilitation care.
Humanity & Inclusion also addresses local rehabilitation skill shortages and creates condition for the management of its activities by local teams by training rehabilitation professionals and providing support to health facilities.
Humanity & Inclusion implements projects to strengthen the preparedness and protection of vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, faced with the risk of natural disasters. The organization raises the awareness of the authorities, civil security personnel, and project partners to take people with disabilities into account in preparation for natural disasters.
Accessibility and Transport
In partnership with engineering universities, Humanity & Inclusion aims to promote accessibility to public transportation for people with disabilities. The organization also raises awareness of road hazards to improve road safety.
Universal Design & Case-Management
Humanity & Inclusion works 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.
Currently, Humanity & Inclusion works with partner organizations CARE, OXFAM, and Concern, to help 2,190 Haitians with disabilities living in camps to ensure that they can work to set up new homes.
Humanity & Inclusion works to promote the professional inclusion of people with through training and by making employers aware of the professional potential of people with disabilities.
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.
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.