January 10-January 16, 2011
PREPEP Program (Programme de Revitalisation et de
Promotion de l’Entente et de la Paix) and the HSI (Haiti
Initiative) works with vulnerable communities and the Haitian national
and municipal government bodies in
an effort to
assist with the stabilization of volatile neighbourhoods
through the rehabilitation of key infrastructure and
Through the implementing partner International Organization for
Migration (IOM), USAID
processes of political stabilization, community recovery and sustained
development in Haiti.
To date, USAID has
approved 2,628 HTI/PREPEP grants and has disbursed a
total of $67,465,579.
To date, USAID has
approved 231 HIGHER grants and has disbursed a total
To date, USAID has
approved 178 Haiti en Chantier
grants and has disbursed a total of $7,942,533.
Activities and Security Updates
PEPFAR project to support Cholera prevention
activities in Saint Marc recommenced this week
(IOMSTM262). Although the hygiene promoters
their mandated work through this grant in December, the project continues
to support local health centers through a team of 50 sanitation workers.
The teams have also worked in the Saint Marc prison in coordination with
Partners in Health since cholera broke out among the inmates. Their
contributions have helped
the epidemic in the prison and Saint Marc hospital. The trained workers
will assist the health community for another month.
Sanitation workers active
in keeping a clean environment at the Saint. Marc hospital
local religious organization in Saint Marc, Youth with a Mission, invited
IOM Saint Marc to participate in its activities to remember the victims of
the earthquake and also celebrate the important work completed. The IOM
team was presented with a certificate and gave a presentation to thousands
of people gathered there, pointing out that some 27,000 people fleeing the earthquake zone settled
in Saint Marc. Many of these people were provided jobs through IOM’s cash
for work projects that commenced just one week after the earthquake. The jobs
were able to provide people that had lost everything with the income to
assist them in rebuilding their lives.
A certificate of
recognition for IOM Saint Marc’s response to the January 12th earthquake
week IOM St. Marc received a visit from LTL
the company tasked with carrying out an evaluation of projects funded
through the post 2008 hurricane relief HIGHER program. At the request of USAID,
the team held focus groups with beneficiaries from schools, rural
communities, and government agencies. A visit to several projects in both
rural and urban areas allowed the team access to a wide variety of projects
implemented through the HIGHER initiative.
HIGHER evaluation team
members Leona Ba and Wesner
Antoine review a PREPEP constructed school.
Above: The IOM Saint Marc
staff visits an irrigation canal, bridge, and a school project with the LTL
Above: Evaluator Leona Ba conducts focus groups with an IOM St. Marc
contractor (left) and officials from the Mayor’s Office (right).
The Gonaives office received a visit this week from LTL
Strategies. The group was commissioned to evaluate USAID funded HIGHER
projects. Team members spent two days visiting PREPEP rural and urban
project sites in Gonaives and Bayonnais. The
visit gave beneficiaries the opportunity to talk with evaluators about the
impact of HIGHER projects on their communities. Feedback from these focuses
groups highlighted the strong collaboration PREPEP has fostered with
government ministries and community associations. Evaluators met with the
Communal Director of Civil Protection, the Departmental Director of Public
Works and beneficiaries of school, road, irrigation and soil conservation
projects. Overall the visit was extremely positive.
The LTL Strategies team visits a HIGHER drainage project in Letiro, Pont Tamarin
Work installing a culvert on the road to Tripot (IOMGNV327)
is underway. IOM engineers have set up a detour to allow traffic to
continue on this important agricultural road while rehabilitation works are
completed. The CASEC of Bayonnais, Augustus Belony, appreciated this consideration, remarking that
now is the height of the egg plant harvest and farmers depend on this road
to transport this important crop to market. A Bayonnais
resident contributed her land to make the detour possible. Mme Lartiniere explained “It is nothing. I am happy to
assist. When I think about the conditions of the road after the rains, I
know this is the least I can do.”
culvert and drainage canal in progress
his part Mr.Victor Florvil,
Director of Adventist School of Bayonnais, part
of which has destroyed during hurricane Hannah expressed his gratitude:
“This project will certainly improve the situation of the area; the road
will be accessible all year. In the past no vehicles could cross the ravine
when it rained”. In addition to improving circulation on the road, the culvert
and canal will also reduce the risk of flood downstream.
A completed section of the
construction of Tarasse Irrigation Canal (IOMGNV309)
is underway. This week the contractor installed concrete slab on the bottom
of the canal. This second phase of work extends the canal a further 386
meters. The masonry work will prevent the canal from becoming choked with weeds
and other debris that block the flow of water. With less water wasted
growing weeds in the canals, more water will be available for farmers to
The canal bottom is reinforced in cement.
phases of road rehabilitation are underway at Rue Saintilus
in Trou Sable (IOMGNV352‐357). This project
will pave over a kilometer of road to complement the drainage canals that
were installed in previous phases. This week’s activities included
backfilling and leveling the road surface. The Ministry of Public Works
(TPTC) has provided heavy equipment to assist in the completion of the road
work. This project opens many possibilities to the community: it leads to
Route Nationale #1 and will serve as a diversion
for downtown traffic – bringing more clients to the Trou
Sable marketplace which was constructed through USAID funding in 2008
(IOMGNV027, 108, 122, 132 and 135).
Road fill is added to Rue Saintilus in preparation for paving.