in the commune of Chantal
Chaveneau is in the Commune of Chantal (in Sud Department of Haiti). The families in this community are extremely vulnerable because they lack the infrastructure and resources necessary to provide for their daily basic needs. Additionally, Chaveneau was severely impacted by the earthquake, destroying or damaging the majority of homes in the area. While implementing the community meal program, one of the leaders of the community said to our social workers: “This meal program has brought people together so they can eat together. I wish this program could have started earlier in the area. Since the earthquake, the humanitarian aid has only reached the city of Chantal and not us, the people of the rural areas. This is a program that is very important to us.”
More findings from our community assessment can be found below.
Impact of Earthquake
Homes Destroyed or Severely Damaged
Our social workers are supporting community leaders as they identify the long term goals for their community. Implementation of our model of social support will increase the community's capacity to strengthen families. We are confident that this will result in families being better prepared to survive and quickly recover from the next unexpected disaster or even that puts them at risk.
Most importantly, our social support model serves as the building blocks to share our faith, hope and love of Christ in Haiti.
Social workers conducted a community assessment together with the community leaders of Chaveneau. Here are some of their findings:
The community leaders have identified many cases of physical violence and sexual abuse on children and women. Cases of violence tend to increase when there are natural disasters or country-wide crisis such as the political insecurity. Generational poverty, lack of education and social support all contribute to the vulnerability of children in this area. Because of the extreme number of homes lost in this area, many families have already been separated and more are at risk.
The community does not have enough schools to provide education for all the school-aged children in the community. To access a school, children must travel outside of their community to other schools in the Commune. Sometimes this means traveling several miles by foot. In addition, most children cannot attend school because their parents are not able to cover tuition or materials.
The primary means of income for families is from farming, but due to the lack of consistent water, the harvest is critically compromised as it relies on the rain season. Families are at a disadvantage for nutrition because the crops do not produce enough to feed everyone or yield income to provide for other daily basic needs.
The housing situation in Chaveneau was already critical when the earthquake stuck this community on August 14, 2021. More than 700 homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
The community of Chaveneau lacks both the infrastructure and healthcare professionals to provide medical care and public health education to the families. The nearest clinic is several miles away and is not free.