Project in brief
The project aims at preventing Covid 19 dissemination and assisting the families in need to face the emergency through the implementation of a Covid 19 information campaign in the communities and food and hygiene kits distribution.
With very limited health facilities for 11 million people, Haiti is among the most vulnerable countries in the Americas to the coronavirus, and the population, especially those living in rural areas, is not informed about the measures to take to avoid the spread of the virus and the risks to the community. At the national level, a government campaign is being conducted through the sending of messages to mobile phones, but because of the rate of illiteracy and the lack of mobile phones, the messages do not reach many in the population.
The families in difficult socioeconomic situations have become more vulnerable with the pandemic and increasing food insecurity. Due to the prevention measures instituted by the civil authorities, people must stay at home and are not able to earn an income and provide for the basic needs of their children.
Aim of the project
To respond to the health and economic emergencies, the project provides two main activities: invest in a Covid 19 information campaign using communication channels suitable for the population and distribute food and hygiene kits to the families in need.
For the information campaign, several communication activities have been set up such as radio messages and visits to the communities using a road show vehicle with a sound system. The campaign reached 35.000 people. The campaign team was formed also by doctors and nurses who, during the visits, collected information regarding the health conditions of the population and the possible presence of Covid outbreaks to report to local authorities.
The food and hygiene kit distribution addressed 4 Marist school communities that include an education program for the school reintegration of children restavek (domestic workers).
Through the project, 1485 food basket and hygiene kits have been distributed to a total number of 5940 people, 50% children. The beneficiaries took the initiative to share the items received with neighbors and other members of the family, increasing the number of assisted people. We had to limit the assistance to the Marist school communities, so as to properly monitor the distribution and the correct use of project resources.
Project main figures:
1485 poor families facing the emergency benefited from the food and hygiene kits distribution, improving their health, living conditions and capacity to prevent the spread of the virus.
35.000 people living in the rural areas of Dame Marie and Latiboliere have been properly informed about the Covid 19 and measures to take.
1 radio message was produced in the local language and made available for other communities and groups.
SDG goals: 2,3
Laudato Si’ goals: 2