More than two years after the earthquake, hundreds of thousands of Haitians are still living in camps scattered throughout Port-au-Prince. Conditions are worsening because of a reduction in international funds for water, health, sanitation and camp management. Land owners are becoming impatient because the camps are on their property, and many people are facing the threat of eviction.
Our program works
CRS has successfully closed two camps, resettling 100% of the families living in each camp. We expect to finish closing a third camp in August 2012.
Our program is so effective that CRS has been named co-chair of the Returns Working Group, and the International Organization for Migration is launching a pilot project based on CRS’ model.
Step 1: Preparing to leave the camp
Participants receive life skills training and psychological support.
Step 2: Leaving the camp
Participants choose from among three resettlement options.
Step 3: Following up
Participants receive family health insurance and cash grants to meet basic needs.
To learn more about the program or find out how to give, contact Joanna Heil, joanna.heil [at] crs.org, or Jeffrey McIntosh, jeffrey.mcintosh [at] crs.org.
Posted on August 14, 2012
Photo of Marie Andrée’s family by Jack Reybold/CRS. All other photos by Nate Jayne for CRS.