Building Equitable Community
Foundation for a Prosperous Future
We believe that everyone should share the rights and responsibilities for creating a better future. In order for this to happen, people need access to health care, housing, land, clean water, and other resources necessary to meet their basic needs. They also need access to education and resources that enable them to reach their full potential while preparing them to contribute to the greater good.
Green Building Jobs
Partners in Progress is promoting local job creation in the community of Deslandes through opportunities in CEB construction. The construction of the Ecole Communautaire Gamalièl de Deslandes (EGD) school facility provided jobs for forty-four people from Deslandes. The Konbit Vanyan Kapab Building Project will create jobs for a minimum of 16 men and women. In addition, Partners in Progress is actively seeking CEB projects to bid on in Haiti, which would provide additional jobs.
Konbit Vanyan Kapab Building Home Pilot Project
This ten-month pilot project evaluates a model of cooperative homebuilding in Deslandes. Four farm families, organized in a “Home Building Konbit,” will work together to construct four homes using Compressed Earth Block (“CEB”) technology. A team of skilled CEB builders will provide construction training and supervision.
Homes are 30m2 or larger in size, with an estimated cost of $6,000 each. Participating families will be required to take out a home loan based on what they can afford. The remaining balance will be forgiven in exchange for helping other families build.
The project meets a critical housing need while providing local jobs to men and women CEB builders. At least one home will be reserved for families with the greatest need.
Fatima House Orphanage
Fatima House Orphanage is a project of the Association of the Peasants of Fondwa/Asosyasyon Peyizan Fondwa (APF), which is managed by the Sisters of St. Antoine. Fatima House provides permanent housing and basic care for 65 children. Partners in Progress provides operational support in the form of small grants to Fatima House.
Jacsonville Village Housing for Elders
Partners in Progress assisted community members from the village of Jacsonville, located in the northeast region of the Central Plateau, in developing a plan for the first phase of a plan to provide permanent housing and care for elders, or older adults, in their community. Partners in Progress and community leaders led design sessions that involved 47 elders and community members. Site plans are being finalized.
Inclusion and Opportunities for All
Maison des Enfantes Handicapes (MEH)
Partners in Progress is helping Maison des Enfantes Handicapes (MEH) connect to volunteers who will help the organization develop a new website in order to raise the agency’s visibility and broaden its base of donors.
MEH is a Haitian run NGO that provides permanent housing, care, and a loving environment for 22 children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. The organization is located in Port au Prince. In addition to providing basic needs, MEH provides education programming five days a week. Physical therapy is provided twice a week. You can make a donation to MEH via Partners in Progress’s online donation page or by mail. Simply designate that you are making your donation to “Children of Marie”.
The Association of Peasants of Fondwa/Asosyasyon Peyizan Fondwa (APF) operates a primary health care clinic in the community of Fondwa. Partners in Progress assists with small grants to support the clinic’s operations.