In the town of Anse-a-Veau in rural Haiti, basic household goods such as vegetable oil, batteries or spaghetti were hard to get – until a small Oxfam-supported shop opened recently. Simple projects like this strengthen the rural development that is key for rebuilding Haiti.
Marie Carole Boursiquot is one of the women who ran Oxfam’s first community canteens in Port-au-Prince in Haiti after the earthquake. With her entrepreneurial spirit and Oxfam's livelihoods grant, she is starting to regain her own means of subsistence.
Port-au-Prince: Thousands of earthquake survivors living in camps are vulnerable to landslides and flooding due to hurricanes, according to an evaluation of camp sites carried out by international agency Oxfam.
Oxfam has been working hard to get a resettlement site ready for the first people to arrive, installing latrines, showers and water bladders. Thousands of people must be relocated due to the high risk of mudslides after the January 2010 earthquake.
Port-au-Prince: Three months after the catastrophic earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, an in-depth survey of over 1,700 Haitians shows people’s top priorities for reconstruction are jobs and schools.
The Haitian government must ensure new camps are ready to receive earthquake survivors before more evacuations take place. Agencies are rushing to prepare a new site in time for people who must be relocated due to the high risk of mudslides.
At the UN donor conference on the reconstruction of Haiti, the international community has pledged some $5 billion in aid over the next 2 years. Soon these pledges will need to turn into concrete progress on the ground.