PADF has successfully implemented hundreds of projects through partnerships with the Haitian government and community-based organizations. Projects have focused in the following areas:
• Agriculture and rural development
• Agroforestry and soil conservation
• Cross-border cooperation between Haiti and the Dominican Republic
• Employment generation
• Human rights abuse prevention
• Micro-enterprise development through the creation of the Haitian Development Foundation
• Post hurricane reconstruction
• Water rehabilitation
For 35 years, PADF has worked as a trusted partner of the government and people of Haiti. After the January 2010 earthquake, frequent tropical storms, and the cholera outbreak, PADF has provided emergency humanitarian relief, repaired damaged homes, and reconstructed urban areas. We have advanced community-driven development and grassroots democracy, supported disaster preparedness and mitigation, and developed small and medium-size enterprises to generate sustainable employment.
LEAD Investments in Entrepreneurs
Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the $17 million LEAD program aims to promote small and medium enterprise development by linking investors, including members of the Haitian diaspora in the U.S. and Canada, to business opportunities in Haiti. This program is also improving the capacity of Haitian businesses to receive investments, and is promoting diaspora philanthropy through remittances that bolster local development initiatives in Haiti.
Disaster Response and Resilience
"Hurricane Matthew Response"
Haiti regularly undergoes destructive weather patterns, making it the Caribbean’s most vulnerable nation. PADF has played a major role in responding to Haiti’s disasters. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck Southern Haiti, devastating crops, infrastructure, and communities in its path. With the support of corporate and private partners, PADF provided hygiene kits, emergency food kits, clean water, and water purification tablets to more than 23,000 people in Haiti.
PADF is also strongly focused on disaster preparation. Through a $4.9 million project funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), PADF is revitalizing neighborhoods in Martissant and Ouananminthe to better mitigate disasters. The project is rehabilitating churches and community centers to be used as provisional shelters, repairing damaged roads, installing solar lamps in public areas, and reducing the spread of disease through hygiene awareness and waste management. It is also improving the quality of homes. By investing in disaster preparedness and community infrastructure, the project is simultaneously improving social conditions for community members.
It’s estimated that nearly a quarter of all Haitians are between the ages of 15 and 24. With the partnership of the American Red Cross, PADF is creating opportunities for personal growth and skills development among youth in Cité Soleil and Martissant. The project, called Self Improvement through Education, has trained 200 youth in hard and soft skills, making an emphasis to reach young women. Additionally, the project has trained two community-based organizations to deliver quality programs and services to youth.
In another youth training program, PADF partners with the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to provide vocational training to youth. PADF trained youth from the Cité Soleil neighborhood in masonry, cosmetology, carpentry and more, preparing them for the labor market.
Access to Finance and Training
"Ann Bouste Canaan"
In the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Canaan, PADF is partnering with the American Red Cross and USAID Haiti to promote resilient urban development. 150 young people will train in vocational schools for industries like computer science, floral art and plumbing, in turn entering the program’s employer network. Canaan entrepreneurs are also getting a boost, as they are getting connected with microfinance, insurance and award opportunities to grow their enterprises. The project is expected to generate 400 jobs and a more advanced work force, propelling the local economy forward.
Improving Livelihoods in the Northwest
Haiti is one of the most food insecure countries in the world, and one in five children suffers from chronic malnutrition. PADF joined with Heifer International, the Haitian Red Cross, and the American Red Cross to distribute 5,000 goats, chickens, turkeys, and pigs to residents of Northwest Haiti to improve food security and provide income. Recipients passed the favor forward by offering the first litters to their neighbors, who in turn have better access to food and income opportunities. The program continues to work with vulnerable families to improve irrigation, establish animal breeding centers, and increase nutrition and sanitation.
After the destructive passing of Hurricane Matthew, PADF is partnering with the American Red Cross to improve lives of disaster victims. Using established local partnerships, PADF quickly distributed seed and tool kits to 640 farmers for food and income security next harvesting season. Additionally, cash vouchers are being distributed to women-led households to stimulate income-generating activities. The implementation of this project is securing livelihoods and making households more stable.
We're working in Haiti to create jobs and prepare people for the workforce.
Haiti’s Northeast and West departments routinely experience weather patterns that trigger disasters. This USAID-funded project improves infrastructure to make these communities more resilient.