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CBM in Haiti

CBM has been actively working towards improving the quality of life of people with a disability in Haiti for more than 30 years. In Haiti, CBM has a Country Coordination Office with an active team that includes local experts in disability inclusion, inclusive education, disability mainstreaming, advocacy, community based rehabilitation, mental health, accessibility and disaster risk reduction.
CBM is a legally recognized non-government organization in Haiti and currently registered as an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO). CBM has emerged as a well-respected stakeholder in disability, rehabilitation, health and development sectors in Haiti.
The earthquake of 2010 had devastating results, which resulted in CBM expanding the mandate and level of activity in Haiti in order to provide increased collaboration with local organizations and government agencies to promote lasting change. Through the unique opportunity for CBM to directly implement projects after the 2010 earthquake, we have an been an active part of the transition from emergency to long-term, sustainable programs, which has afforded us a deeper understanding of the needs of the sector.
While CBM-Haiti continues collaboration with traditional partners, such as those from health and education sectors, we have also worked to identify partners who will allow us to have a broad and sustainable impact. The goal of CBM in Haiti is to build upon the successes we have had in moving pilot initiatives into large-scale projects and then, transitioning these projects to local leadership.

About Haiti

Haiti occupies the Western side of Island of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean behind Cuba. Haiti covers 36% of the island’s territory and shares a border with the Dominican Republic.
Haiti is at high risk of experiencing natural disasters and it is estimated that 66 people out of every million die every year as the result of natural disasters In Haiti, the majority of people live in extreme poverty and many live in overcrowded urban settings, which can exacerbate the negative impact of natural disasters. Additionally, high levels of deforestation of the island (at least 60%) have lead to soil erosion and more detrimental flooding impacts. The last major earthquake happened on January 12, 2010 it is estimated that between 200,000 and 300,000 people died, over 300,000 were injured and 1,500,000 were displaced. Additionally, the cholera epidemic that officially started on October 22, 2010 caused about 7,000 deaths and continues to represent a health threat.
In 2015, UNDP estimated that 10.5 million people live in Haiti and 163rd out of 188 countries evaluated in their Human Development Index, Haiti ranked.  The population in Haiti is spread unevenly over the territory, with more than a third (37%) located in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. According to the 1987 Constitution, the country’s two official languages are Creole and French.
While Haiti does not have a recent census, it is commonly estimated that 1 in 10 Haitians are living with a disability. The challenges that persons with disabilities encounter include: Poor access to health care, quality education, inadequate resource allocation and exclusion as a result of social, physical, communication barriers, none-adaptive services, as well as poverty, unemployment, social stigma.

Where we work

Our country priority thematic areas

  1. Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
  2. Disability Mainstreaming and Advocacy
  3. Universal Accessibility 
  4. Disaster Risk Reduction 
  5. Inclusive & Special Education
  6. Comprehensive Eye Health
  7. Livelihood
  8. Capacity Building for Persons with Disabilities & DPOs 
  9. Community based child protection 
  10. Medical Rehabilitation

Our objectives and result areas in Haiti

  1. Information about disability in Haiti is gathered and disseminated in line with national priorities and to support programming strategies.
  2. Communities at risk and persons with disabilities have better access to quality services (health, education, livelihood).
  3. DPOs are institutionally strengthened to promote the right of PWDs and ensure their participation in decision-making and network towards common goals.
  4. Disability is mainstreamed in public policies and other development programs.

Our partnerships

CBM has built a rapport and cultivated technical relationships over its 30 plus year history in Haiti. CBM is currently managing 12 projects in Haiti with the support of implementing partners and strategic engagements with the Government of Haiti through Ministry of Education and The Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities, as well as other relevant stakeholders and networks.

Our thematic projects include:
  1. Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) - 1 national program and 1 regional program covering 3 highly vulnerable catchment areas of Port-au-Prince
  2. Disability Mainstreaming and Advocacy - 1 directly implemented national program and also integrated as cross-cutting topic in national programs 
  3. Universal Accessibility - 1 directly implemented national program 
  4. Disaster Risk Reduction- cross-cutting topic in CBR and Accessibility Programs
  5. Inclusive & Special Education - 1 regional program and 1 national network program in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Education 
  6. Comprehensive Eye Health - 1 national network program linking three key stakeholders
  7. Livelihoods - 1 regional project and also cross-cutting topic in CBR programming 
  8. Capacity Building for Persons with Disabilities & DPOs - 1 directly implemented national project (supported by European Union) in direct coordination with the Haitian Government
  9. Community-based child protection - 1 regional program covering 2 highly vulnerable catchment areas outside of Port-au-Prince
  10. Medical Rehabilitation - 1 national program and 1 regional program

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