in the commune of Maniche
Vilou is in the Commune of Maniche (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. Several children in this area have been reunified with their families from ESPWA. Vilou was severely impacted by the earthquake, placing a large number of families at risk of separation. During the implementation of the community meal program, one of the community members said to our social workers: “Thanks to the meal program, I can tell you that 300 to 350 people have had access to a hot meal three times a week. People are really satisfied with the way the program is run. And more importantly, it is the people of the community who have taken the program at hand and who make sure that it functions normally.”
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 Vilou. Here are some of their findings:
This community is currently not receiving any government or NGO support other than from Overture. 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 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 Vilou was already critical when the earthquake stuck this community on August 14, 2021. Most all of the homes in this area were destroyed or severely damaged.
The community of Vilou 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.