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Haiti in a state of emergency

Violence and clashes are intensifying in the Caribbean country, especially in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the surrounding region. Flavia Maurello of AVSI: ‘The paralysis of institutions blocks development.’

Giving peace a face in Haiti: Annalisa shares her story in the United States during the Annual Campaign

This year, the AVSI-USA team wanted to give our friends and their communities a glimpse into our work and break down the distance we often feel between our lives and those we work for who live in some of the most challenging places around the world. Annalisa Costanzo, Program Manager in Haiti, accepted our invitation to join us and share her witness on our Annual Campaign: Give Peace a Face. Friends in Miami, Chicago, Denver, and Washington, DC, opened their homes and hearts to listen to Annalisa’s dramatic and personal story of giving peace a face, AVSI’s work in Haiti, and the need for more donor support.

Judaea’s story: A Haitian woman changing the narrative

Judaea is one of thousands of people suffering from the negative fallout of armed conflicts between rival gangs in Haiti. AVSI, through the Consortium with GOAL, CESVI, and BHA/USAID, activated a humanitarian emergency project to meet the multi-sectoral essential needs of affected people in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince.

Putting children first in response to the Haiti earthquake

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy awarded AVSI a grant from the CDP Haiti Earthquake Recovery Fund to mitigate the harmful effects of the earthquake on August 14, 2021 on children by providing physical and psychosocial protection, promoting child development through informal education programs, and reactivating child protection networks.

Haiti Call to Action

Retreat from the challenging environment in Port au Prince is a short-sighted solution that will only exacerbate the problem, with potentially severe consequences for the Haitian people and the region. AVSI is a strategic partner that 1) keeps open humanitarian access to the most hazardous neighborhoods; 2) focuses on place-based strategies with a high degree of community buy-in and support, employing local staff; and 3) brings proven, context-specific strategies that integrate across sectors for holistic care and greater impact. AVSI is ready to work with donor agencies and partners to expand and strengthen this programmatic approach.

Haiti in crisis: Keeping hope alive

An intense week of discussion, meetings with donor agencies, lots of hard questions and even more painful answers culminated in a panel discussion held in the forum of The New York Encounter. At that event, titled “Haiti’s Open Wounds: Is there Hope?“, Fiammetta and journalist Joe Parkin Daniels from The Guardian dove into the questions which have been burning for so many throughout the terribly painful year of 2021, which for Haiti was a living hell.

AVSI-USA Announces Grant to Help Children in Haiti Recover from Earthquake Trauma

AVSI-USA received a grant of $160,000 from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s (CDP) Haiti Earthquake Recovery Fund to mitigate the harmful effects of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14, leaving more than 650,000 people in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. Funds will be used to provide physical and psychosocial protection, promote child development, and reactivate child protection networks. As part of the project, AVSI will render fully functional 8 child-friendly spaces with programming serving at least 800 children and their families living in underserved urban slums in Les Cayes and Torbeck and remote coastal villages, including Roche a Bateau, Coteaux, Port-a-Piment, and Chardonnieres.