in the commune of Saint Jean du Sud
Trichet is in the Commune of Saint Jean du Sud (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. Our social workers held an event for the children to help them deal with the trauma of the earthquake and during this time, the mayor of the community stated: "I commend this initiative for our children. You know, children always wait for these moments of activities and receiving gifts, that means a lot to them. Children and their parents always come to me and ask me if this year the event for children will take place. All this to let you know how much the children look forward to this moment."
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 Trichet. Here are some of their findings:
Trichet lacks the support of government and other NGOs. 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.
The number of schools noted for this community are actually schools in the Commune of Saint Jean. Although there are several schools, most children cannot attend school because their parents are not able to cover tuition or materials. In addition, there are unable to provide a means of transportation for their children to attend without support.
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 Trichet was already critical when the earthquake stuck this community on August 14, 2021. More than 1000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
The community of Trichet 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.