in the commune of Cavaillon
Flamand is in the Commune of Cavaillon (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. Many of the parents in this area have chosen to place their children in orphanages because they cannot provide for them. Flamand was severely impacted by the earthquake, but because of their difficult location, aid did not come to their area.
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 Flamand. Here are some of their findings:
Extreme poverty in Flamand has driven many parents to relinquish their children to orphanages. In addition, it was reported that there are many cases of physical violence 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.
Although this community has many schools, parents are unable to send their children because they cannot pay for the tuition or materials.
The primary means of income for families is from farming and fishing. 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 and quantity of fish do not produce enough to feed everyone or yield income to provide for other daily basic needs.
The housing situation in Flamand was already critical when the earthquake stuck this community on August 14, 2021. More than 200 homes were destroyed.
The community of Flamand 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.