in the commune of Maniche
Dory is in the Commune of Maniche (Sud Department of Haiti). This community was among the most severely impacted by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14, 2021. Already suffering from extreme poverty, many families lost their homes and loved ones. During the community assessment with our social workers, the local pastor stated: "this community can be a good place if people can find help to build their destroyed homes and find opportunities that allow them to grow economically".
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 Dory. Here are some of their findings:
After the earthquake, many children have been separated from their families due to a lack of shelter and other daily basic needs. The community leaders reported that children were often the victims of physical violence from their own parents because of a lack of child care education. 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 chronic poverty in this area, most of the children do not have access to quality education. Of the 5 schools in the area, 3 of them were destroyed in the earthquake while the other 2 do not offer an adequate learning environment. To access a school, some children must travel outside of this community to other schools in the Commune. Sometimes this means several miles by foot. In addition, most children cannot attend school because the parents are not able to cover the tuition and 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 Dory was already critical when the earthquake stuck this community on August 14, 2021. More than 200 homes were destroyed.
The community of Dory has a small health clinic but it lacks healthcare professionals to provide medical care and public health education to the families. The nearest clinic is several miles away and is not free.