Haiti is a disaster-prone nation.

Each year hurricanes cause flooding and destroy property, affecting the lives of millions of people. Haiti also lies on the border between the Caribbean and the North American continental plates, a region that is extremely prone to earthquakes. 

To help reduce the impact of future disasters, PADF carried out an innovative crisis and risk prevention program that benefitted more than 257,000 people in Haiti’s South East Department and the Southeast border region between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

More than 7,000 residents are now less vulnerable to flooding thanks to the reinforcement of riverbanks and drain repairs. In addition, the rehabilitation of water systems has given more than 9,000 people access to clear drinking water. 

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The project also used high-tech solutions to make residents safer. By mapping vulnerable communities through handheld GPS, we identified weaknesses in the immediate environment that represented imminent threats to the residents. Preventive measures were taken to minimize risk and prevent damage during future natural disasters.

PADF encouraged communities to reduce their vulnerability and develop crisis management procedures in accordance with internationally accepted standards. The program also reinforced cross-border ties between countries.

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“By empowering locals to be in the first line of defense against natural disasters and the damage they may cause, we alleviate much of the potentially devastating aftermath,” said André Engels Friedrich Nicolas, Project Director for PADF Haiti.