Together for Better
Working with rural based organizations in Haiti to strengthen local cultural, social, and environmental assets for building sustainable community.
Finalist 2016 Colsubsidio Biennial Social Inclusion Award
Sunday, July 8, 2018, 8:00 A.M.
I’m sure many of you have heard news reports about rioting Haiti which began on Thursday, July 5th. According to news sources, the reasons for the unrest appear to be the announced fuel hikes, which took effect at midnight Friday before being temporarily suspended. The increases called for a 38 percent increase for gas, 47 percent for diesel and 51 percent. The International Monetary Fund has told Haitian officials that the fuel increases — along with other difficult measures, including a reform of the state-owned electricity company (EDH) — are necessary as part of the six-month, staff-monitored program the cash-strapped nation signed at the end of February.
Implementation of the reforms, which are due by the end of September, would give the country access to $96 million ($36 million from the European Union, $20 million from the World Bank and $40 million from the Inter-American Development Bank) in sorely needed donor support. Additional detailed accounts of the unrest and progress toward restoring peace can be found at the following:
According to PIP Executive Director, Michael Neumann, Our Program Associate/Consultant, Claudy Vital and his family, who live in Port Au Prince are safe. Because of damage to the cellular phone system, Mike reports he has been unable to reach Deslandes and Fondwa.
All of us at Partners in Progress Haiti hope for a swift end to this unrest, as I’m sure you do as well, and pray for the well-being of all Haitians and the visitors and mission participants temporarily unable to travel in or out of the country.
We will provide additional updates as we learn more.
Revitalizing Sustainable Community
We help make it possible for rural people to work together to prioritize, plan, and carry out their own solutions to poverty, hunger, environmental degradation and social and economic injustice. Current community-led projects are focus on:
We work collaboratively with community organizations and groups—creating and learning together. Our work relies on inclusive, community-led, participatory processes for prioritizing needs and developing solutions that build on local knowledge, resources, and innovation.