Life in Camp Perrin After Hurricane Matthew

Joseph St. Fort lost everything when Hurricane Matthew ripped through the town of Camp Perrin, southwest Haiti. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

Camp Perrin, Haiti

Joseph St. Fort, 64, has weathered many storms. Hurricane Cleo in 1964, was particularly bad. But nothing like this. Hurricane Matthew has been the worst, he says.  

"We’ve lost everything, but thank God we are still alive."

His home was destroyed after a tree fell on top of it during Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in southwest Haiti last week.

There has been no tap water since the hurricane. The water that Joseph and his neighbors are drinking is contaminated and causes diarrhea.

Adrienne Pierre (left) has been drinking contaminated water since Hurricane Matthew struck. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

Adrienne Pierre (left) has been drinking contaminated water since Hurricane Matthew struck. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

"We need the water to be treated," says Adrienne Pierre, a mother of five who rented a room from Joseph. "It has been contaminated by dead leaves and microbes."

They haven't received food aid yet, Joseph says. And getting back on their feet will be tough, as all the livestock was swept away.

"We’ve lost everything. Goats, sheep, even our chicken."

Children stand listlessly around their mothers. They aren't able to go to school. 

Joseph St. Fort and his neighbors in Camp Perrin, Haiti. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

Joseph St. Fort and his neighbors in Camp Perrin, Haiti. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

"All their books are wet," says a neighbor woman. "Everything is wet—shoes, uniforms. They are not going to school."

Many communities are still drying out after Hurricane Matthew brought high winds, extensive flooding and as much as 40 inches of rain. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

Many communities are still drying out after Hurricane Matthew brought high winds, extensive flooding and as much as 40 inches of rain. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

So far, PADF has visited 12 towns in southwest Haiti to assess damage. Five of those towns have received deliveries of emergency supplies including clean water and food kits. Stay tuned for
further updates from our #HelpHaitiNow campaign. 

PADF to Provide Aid to Families Affected by Hurricane Matthew

*Update October 11, 2016 — To date, PADF has delivered emergency food kits and water purification tablets to 5,000 people in Cavaillon, Saint Louis and Maniche. Deliveries are en route for Saint Jean du Sud and Chantal. 

Washington, DC (October 5, 2016) — The Pan American Development Foundation is distributing emergency relief supplies to at least 50,000 people affected by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, particularly in Southern Haiti.

PADF and partners including Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will provide urgently needed supplies to families affected by the storm including:


“This hurricane is extremely powerful and has caused widespread damage,” says Nadia Cherrouk, Country Director of PADF Haiti. “Our staff is working to deliver urgently-needed supplies to people in isolated, coastal areas. Time is of the essence.”

As many as 1.4 million Haitians need
humanitarian assistance after the devastating Category 4 storm, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). PADF will focus immediate relief efforts in the communities of Aquin, Saint Louis du Sud, Cavaillon, Cayes, Torbeck, Camp-Perrin, Maniche and Jérémie. 

Some areas in southern Haiti and southwestern Dominican Republic received up to 40 inches of rain in less than 48 hours. Storm surges and hurricane-force winds caused extensive property damage, flash floods and thousands are living without clean water. Most of the region's crops have been destroyed.

Thousands of people need emergency relief supplies and access to clean water and sanitation in order to prevent the outbreak of bacterial diseases like cholera and water-borne illnesses. Logistics support, including transportation and the clearing of roadways, will also be an urgent priority. PADF is conducting a needs assessment to inform both the emergency response for immediate priority needs and plans for medium- to long-term recovery.

The provision of relief supplies to Haiti is part of a first response phase. The Foundation plans to collaborate with its local partners and an extensive regional network that includes grassroots and community-based organizations in the affected areas.

“We’re looking to meet the most pressing needs of those affected by the hurricane,” says Liza Mantilla, Director of Disaster Management. We will collaborate with our partners to plan a comprehensive response and recovery. Haiti will need our support long after the rain has stopped.”

PADF has been working in Haiti for more than 35 years. As the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), PADF responds to the region's major natural disasters and humanitarian crises throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Caribbean Braces for Hurricane Matthew






Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti Tuesday morning.

  •  High waves combined with excessive rainfall, hurricane-force winds and storm surges could cause extensive damage, primarily in coastal areas.
  • United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) teams have arrived in Jamaica and Haiti and are supporting national efforts.
  •  The National Emergency Operations Centres (COE) in Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica remain on alert
  • 340,000 people in 1,300 emergency shelters in Haiti
  • 251,795 people in some 218 shelters in Cuba, most of them with families or friends
  • 900 people in shelters in Jamaica
  • 73,000 people affected in Colombia

PADF's Disaster Management team is closely monitoring the situation and is reaching out to potential local NGO partners to collaborate in an emergency if international assistance is requested after the passing of the hurricane.

Haitians Find Hope in New Homes

Nearly half of the buildings in the neighborhood of Delmas 32 were destroyed in the earthquake of 2010. Today, it’s a bustling urban center teeming with life thanks to the construction of apartment buildings, an outdoor market, newly-paved roads and sewers. It's part of PADF’s Urban Project for Participatory Development program (PRODEPUR), financed by the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank in partnership with Haiti’s Bureau of Monetization of Development Aid Programs (BMPAD). 

In January 2016, 18 families who were displaced after the earthquake moved into a brand new residential complex on Rue Durand. 

Today, Toussaint Léon feels like he is living again. The last few years have been a struggle. He was buried under the rubble of his apartment building for days after the 2010 earthquake. Today, he is living in a brand new complex and he and his wife own a shop on the same street.

Toussaint takes pride in his new apartment. (PADF, 2016)

Toussaint takes pride in his new apartment. (PADF, 2016)

“I’m so pleased,” he says of his new home. “I now have a place to receive guests. I’m not ashamed anymore when someone comes to my house.” 

He was living in a corridor before. "Now, I feel like I’m living," he says. “I have space. I can breathe.”

His neighbors agree. "It's a success," affirmed Biene Johnson (below, with his daughter). "I feel very comfortable in this apartment with my family. The neighborhood is evolving and moving in the right direction, and I have no qualms about raising my daughter here,” he added.

PADF Goodwill Ambassador Jimmy Jean-Louis gets to know Biene Johnson and his daughter in their new home. (PADF, 2016)

PADF Goodwill Ambassador Jimmy Jean-Louis gets to know Biene Johnson and his daughter in their new home. (PADF, 2016)

After the earthquake, PADF and partners repaired more than 1,100 damaged homes in Delmas 32 alone—10,000 throughout the country. What began as an emergency response became a multi-year development project that includes five square miles of roads, more than 300 solar-powered streetlights, new sidewalks and paths, water kiosks and more.

The construction is creating local jobs. Forty-year-old Laurent Vertier has worked at the Delmas construction for nearly a year. He has had trouble finding steady work in the past, he says, and works to support his wife and four young children. The construction work has changed things for his family.

“People are more willing to give me credit because they know I have a job," says Laurent. "When I get home at night, I’m tired, but knowing I have this job gives me strength.”

Laurent Vertier has been employed at the Delmas 32 construction site since August 2015. “This is boosting the economy in the area,” he says. (PADF, 2016)

Laurent Vertier has been employed at the Delmas 32 construction site since August 2015. “This is boosting the economy in the area,” he says(PADF, 2016)

Magdala sells rice, beans and lalo, a traditional Haitian spinach stew, to construction workers at the Delmas site. She will sell lunch to workers like Laurent on credit because she knows they are working.

“Business has picked up since the construction started," she says.

There's a newfound sense of hope in a neighborhood that was once reduced to rubble. “All I can do is pray for the staff of PADF for their efforts," said Toussaint. "And for everybody that made this possible.

Magdala's lalo stand has seen an uptick in business since the construction started in Delmas 32. (PADF, 2016)

Magdala's lalo stand has seen an uptick in business since the construction started in Delmas 32. (PADF, 2016)

El Economista | Maite Perroni entre las más poderosas de People en Español

El Economista 

Nueva York, 31 ago (EFEUSA).- La revista People en Esañol dio a conocer hoy su lista de las mujeres más poderosas y entre ellas figuran las cantantes Gloria Estefan y Maite Perroni y la directora de Política Nacional en la Casa Blanca, Cecilia Muñoz.

De acuerdo con la revista de espectáculos, estas latinas elegidas son líderes en el mundo del entretenimiento, las comunicaciones, los negocios y la política.

También incluye a Elena de Avalor, la primera princesa hispana de Disney, así como a la veterana periodista María Celeste Arrarás, las atletas Mónica Puig, medalla de oro en tenis en las Olimpiadas de Río y Laurie Hernández, también presea de oro como parte del equipo de gimnasia de EE.UU.

Alejandra Espinosa, primera reina del reality "Nuestra belleza latina" y las actrices Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Gaby Espino y Selenis Leyva y Lili Estefan, presentadora del programa de espectáculos "El Gordo y la Flaca" están además entre las más poderosas, de la edición especial de octubre.

La mexicana Espinoza, a la que la revista identifica como "la reina mediática", presentadora del concurso "La banda" producido por Ricky Martin, agrega a esa lista que toma también clases de actuación para esa nueva faceta en su carrera.

"Siempre he pensado que Dios tiene un plan para todos nosotros. He logrado tantas cosas en mi vida que yo misma me sorprendo", indicó Espinoza, de 29 años.

De la exRBD Maite Perroni, "la rebelde con causa" y que ha desarrollado una carrera como actriz, la revista destaca que se unió a la campaña de la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) para erradicar el trabajo infantil.

"Los niños deben tener la libertad de vivir su vida en salud,

en juego, en aprendizaje, en familia, en amor", dijo la actriz y cantante de 33 años, que ha llamado "Love" a su gira de conciertos de su segundo disco en solitario, que saldrá al mercado en otoño, según esta edición especial

La edición especial de octubre, con la esperada lista, tiene en su portada a los actores Marjorie de Souza y Julián Gil que esperan su primer hijo.

USAID Program Brings Water, Jobs to Northeast Haiti

As the only female machine operator at CASTMI water purification plant in the Haitian border town of Ouanaminthe, Makilise Joseph takes pride in her work. A good job is hard to find in Haiti, she says. A native of Ounamanthe, Makilise moved to Port-au-Prince in order to find work. She was working as a product inspector at a t-shirt factory when the 2010 earthquake happened. Her home collapsed, crushing and killing two young cousins inside. Now she lives back in her hometown and she is able to support her little boy and elderly father with the income she makes at the plant. 

Run by a member of the Haitian Diaspora, CASTMI provides purified water to the public in bulk and individual sachets. CASTMI received a grant and technical assistance from the USAID-funded LEAD program to upgrade their facility with new equipment and move to a larger space. This allowed them to add bottled water to their product line.

Pastor Jean-Louis Vicelot is a regular CASTMI customer.

Our water is the best," Makilise says with a smile. "I see how they treat the water with my own eyes and I’m confident in the process. I trust it.” 

The local community relies on CASTMI for purified water. 

"Life depends on water," says Jean-Louis Vicelot, a pastor at the Baptist church in nearby Huhaut. He visits CASTMI two or three times each week to purchase five gallons of purified water. If there wasn’t a space like this, he’d be treating the water himself, he says. In the past, he had to travel to Cap-Haitian. Now, its nearby.

“I feel so happy the region is developing," he says. "More people will be employed.” 

CASTMI employees pose in front of the delivery van.

Run by a member of the Haitian Diaspora, CASTMI provides purified water to the public in bulk and individual sachets. 

Run by a member of the Haitian Diaspora, CASTMI provides purified water to the public in bulk and individual sachets. 

Belize Communities Receive Tools, Training for Disasters

PADF Belize Project Director Minerva Pinelo and a representative of Belize National Emergency Management Organization pose for a picture with the donated equipment.

The Pan American Development handed over tools and equipment to the Belize National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and to local first responders in the towns of for Dangriga and Hopkins Village in southern Belize. 

First responders received certificates after completing seven weeks of training in search and rescue, first aid and shelter management.

Funded by Taiwan, the Community Preparedness and Resilience initiative has assisted more than 14,000 residents in preparing for and responding to disasters. The year-long project trained and certified Community Disaster Response Teams, engaged local students about climate change, created hazard maps and early warning systems in each community and planted mangrove trees to mitigate coastal erosion.  

Each community response team is now equipped with a first aid kit and search and rescue bags. NEMO received equipment including a chainsaw, flotation device, burn kit, wheelbarrow and safety vests helmets and glasses. 

Shorlette Grant, Lynn Rodriguez and Oris Lewis were used their training as first responders during and after Hurricane Earl struck Belize in August.

Building Trust Between Youth and Law Enforcement

Last month, Bahamian students received a tour of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Headquarters in Nassau. The event was sponsored by the Resistance and Prevention (RAPP) program, which uses a community-centered approach to help police and other officials prevent youth crime. 

Funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and implemented by PADF, RAPP includes community programs that allow young people to learn more about the justice system and vice versa. The goal is to build mutual trust between the police, the government and Bahamian youth.

At-risk youth from the Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal Summer Camp participated in the the job shadowing event led by Officer Humphrey Bain. They learned about the Canine, Mobile Fire and Drug Enforcement units and came away with a clearer picture of what police do every day.

Youth violence stems from complex issues, including trouble at home and lack of access to social services, so the prevention involves a tiered approach. “It’s important to address these issues collectively and from an inter-agency perspective,” says Caterina Valero, PADF Senior Programs Director. “It’s also important to change young people’s perception of the police. Many youth think of the police as the enemy, rather than an ally.”

Empowering Haitian Rice Farmers

Maryse Jumelle and her husband Charles are passionate entrepreneurs who have revived a rice mill in the Artibonite region in Haiti. Charles’ family had been in the rice production business for generations. It was his wife, Maryse, who convinced him to restart operations.

Known as the rice basin of Haiti, Artibonite is a rich, fertile region fed by seasonal rains and the Artibonite river. When Maryse first moved there with her husband, she didn’t know anyone in the area besides her in-laws. It is a traditional community and local farmers are afraid of modernization, she says. “But, when I arrived in the plains of Artibonite, in Pont Sonde, I found a small house—a cottage—and I said to Charles: ‘I love this place, I would really like to settle here and work in rice production.’” The couple stayed and launched Moulin Nan Noté, an enterprise that produces rice and purchases it from local farmers. They operate a rice mill and sell Haitian rice domestically. After 10 years in business, they are now looking to export as well.

Rice cultivation is typically dominated by women in Artibonite and Maryse has also been instrumental in organizing a women’s association of rice producers and laborers in Saint-Marc. The association is called Fanm Plantez Renal-Preval and has over 400 members. Moulin Nan Noté’s location is extremely convenient for local farmers.  It offers local producers an alternative to walking many kilometers to find a mill. Moulin Nan Noté has also built shelters to protect their rice farmers from the blazing sun while they parboil their crop.

Moulin Nan Noté buys rice from local farmers, while also allowing them to use the mill for a small fee, if they wish to sell their rice directly. With funds from the Leveraging Effective Application of Direct Investments (LEAD) program, Moulin Lanoté was able to purchase equipment to modernize its operations, including cultivation, storage and packaging for sale in supermarket.  

LEAD was launched in 2011 by USAID to provide support for small- and medium-sized enterprises in Haiti. The program is implemented by the Pan American Development Foundation, which provides technical assistance. To date, the program has supported 31 Haitian enterprises.

“It is because of the LEAD grant that I could buy modern appliances such as a bagging machine, sealers, and scales,” says Maryse.  “I would not have been able to market at this level without using LEAD, if I did not participate in the business plan competitions and win!”

The company also used its own capital to match the LEAD grant and was able to purchase important equipment such as tillers and a silo.  LEAD has facilitated consultations with international and local agronomists who will help Maryse and Charles to triple their production.

Moulin Nan Noté sells many varieties of Haitian rice—white, parboiled, high-fiber—which they process and bag in their location in Port-au-Prince. Their product is available under the brand name Délice in 2.5, 5, 10, 25 and even 100-pound bags at supermarkets and wholesalers in Port-au-Prince. Recently, their rice was sent to a lab in Canada for testing and they are now able to add a nutrition label to their bags.

Maryse and Charles credit the LEAD program for helping them run a more professional business. "The training on accounting and finance that LEAD offered us has allowed us to formalize our business,” says Maryse. “Now we have an operating manual that covers all our procedures; we use financial software; we generate timely reports that help us make good decisions. Now Moulin Nan Noté is a modern business.”

The business makes a big impact on local farmers. Before this enterprise restarted the mill, rice producer Lillianne Alexis walked very far, carrying her rice on donkeys or by motorcycle to mill it and resell it. Her rice lost value when it was broken instead of milled. Now, she says, “the machines at Nan Noté are excellent!” The proximity of the mill is also a plus for farmers as they don’t have to spend their money on transportation.

Maryse and Charles are not done dreaming. After modernizing their operations, they hope to join the export market. Parboiled rice, which is beloved in Haiti, is characterized by a strong odor. Further, its processing is often done using firewood, which is a strain on local forests. Moulin Nan Noté will benefit from another USAID program called LEVE, which will help the company purchase an electric steamer and dryer. This will help farmers standardize the color and quality of the rice and reduce the odor. Moulin Nan Noté will export this rice throughout the Caribbean as well as to North America.

And after that? Maryse and Charles are passionate entrepreneurs who have set their sights on expanding into rice flour production and brown rice. LEAD is proud of the achievements of these two future leaders in the Haitian rice industry and looks forward to their continued success.

About LEAD
USAID’s Leveraging Effective Application of Direct Investments (LEAD) project aims to attract investments in Haitian SMEs and increase the development impact of remittances. LEAD operates in the three development corridors: Cap-Haïtien, Saint-Marc, and Port-au-Prince. The project is implemented by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). 

GFC Nieuws | Meer dan 700 Jongeren Geholpen aan een Baan Door Kari Yu

GFC Nieuws

De Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) heeft deze week de 8e certificaat-uitreiking en banenbeurs voor jongeren die met succes de Kari Yu! Youth to Youth (Y2Y) training hebben afgerond.

Bij die speciale uitreiking gedenkt Kari Yu! ook het feit dat meer dan 700 jonge Surinamers een baan hebben gevonden in het bedrijfsleven.

Om de bereikte resultaten te vieren, zal Kari Yu! een boek presenteren: “Faces of Kari Yu!” met de persoonlijke verhalen van 20 jongeren die een positieve verandering hebben doorgemaakt in hun leven dankzij de training en begeleiding. (GFC)