CWS in Haiti: A three-year plan 2013-16

Photo: Aaron Tate

Photo: Aaron Tate


Directly: 5,793 farmer families in Northwest department
48 families (housing 255 family members)
322 farmers in Ganthier-Boen
Indirectly: Between 286,000
407,000 domestic child laborers

With over half the Haitian population food insecure, smallholder farmers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The cooperatives we support are led and organized by Haitians and promote sustainable agricultural practices.

It has been five years since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. We continue to work with local partners on a multi-year housing and community development program in Ganthier-Boen, the clearest example of our effective transition from emergency response to long-term development.

Securing the future for the children of Haiti is key to the country’s long-term development. Child domestic laborers, known as “restavèks,” are Haitian children and young people working in some type of indentured servitude. Many of these children are promised an education, only to be taken from their homes and kept in virtual slavery. Raising awareness among vulnerable rural families and children about the threat, vocational training for children who have escaped servitude and coalition building among partners are paving a way towards a solution. Upcoming presidential, legislative and local elections represent an opportunity to institutionalize some of the reforms and proposals we have made with our partners.

Current immigration and naturalization reform in the Dominican Republic and its impact on thousands of Haitian- descendant and Haitian families, including those Dominicans deemed stateless, are a matter of deep concern and top priority. We continue to favor respectful relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic amidst a very fragile and complex environment.