What was the impact of Hurricane Matthew on the community in Leogane that we support.
The school for disabled children was in a building of temporary construction, made from wood and metal sheets. As a result of the hurricane, the building sustained significant damages. "The roof is completely destroyed, the pillars that support the building are seriously dampened by the water, the floor has cracks everywhere, and the children’s desks need to be replaced. The only solid door is broken. All educational materials, such as books, notepads, etc. are lost" the school director explained. "In addition, our children’s families have serious difficulties, as most of their houses are significantly damaged, and three of these families no longer have anything since everything was destroyed by the water. Their houses were made of metallic sheets and plywood, and these humble structures were the only secure place for them. Now, these houses are gone. In one of these families, comprised of a mother and 3 death-mute children (two of them less than 6 years old), the father is dead. We really need to help them."
Our intervention was successful!
The school was rebuilt from scratch, and it’s now of a solid construction and built to withstand the effects of earthquakes. Currently the repainting of the walls is being finished. The school re-opened last week, and now offers even more activities and welcomes more children, there are now 70; and, the children’s families can attend courses of: sign language, learning the alphabet, and hand-crafts.
We are really grateful to everybody who contributed to make this happen.
The next step is to build the second floor of the school: THERE ARE STILL VERY MANY CHILDREN ASKING TO ATTEND THE CEAL SCHOOL. These children have special education needs, because they are death-and-or-mute or have learning difficulties. We want to accommodate their requests, and hope that we can take them in at the beginning of the next school year.
WE GUARANTEE TRANSPARENCY AND SERIOUSNESS.
All collected money are sent to Haiti.
Administrative costs, travels expenses, and management costs are entirely paid for by association members.
We are volunteers, but professional in this sector: for more than 5 years we have continuous support of Haitian communities, ambitiously but with a thoughtful approach. We implement small projects that we carefully design together with Haitian communities and selected partners.
You are always welcome to visit our projects in Haiti, and to stay in one of our orphanages.
Also, with your knowledge, experience and capacity you can participate in and support the Haitian communities that we work with.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL BE A PRECIOUS GIFT TO THESE HAITIAN COMMUNITIES.
Lavori di sistemazione dopo la costruzione
Our activities and projects
The Community Centre organises many activities: literacy programs for women; children's after-school activities through the Club of Little Geniuses; education programs on hygiene, health; art workshops, etc. Two years ago, CEAL opened a school for deaf and disabled children.
Thanks to Sony and other private donors we provided the Centre d'eveil et apprentissage and the Foyer with 1 new laptop, 3 new tablets, 1 projector and 6 second hand laptops.
One-day training at the Centre d'Eveil et Apprentissage the Leogane
Through our long-distance adoption program, we support the education orphans, abandoned children, and children from families that are too poor to cover educational fees. (In Haiti, there are no government-funded schools.)
MUDHA, the Movement of Dominican-Haitian Women founded Centre Timoun Contan (Little Happy Baby) in Leogane. We provided solar panels for the Centre. We support the children's home and community clinic in the Centre. Training activities and other meetings are hosted in the Centre.
We work with mainly rural communities to provide training activities to process local products (especially fruit). This workshop is about how to make "cremasse," a typical local liquor that is derived from passion fruit or coconut.
We built the Foyer d'accueil aux enfants démunis d'Haiti. This home for children is run by a Haitian family. The structure was erected immediately after the 2010 earthquake. Today, this project is entirely self-managed, and we provide only the children's school fees (that include a meal per day) and the children's school uniforms, books and other school material.
Through participatory planning, we continuously monitor and evaluate our activities, in order to decide together with the groups that we support what priorities are to be pursued.
We have delivered a lot of Reiki courses in order to teach to local people this Japanese technique that focuses on the psycho-physical balance of a person. In the aftermath of the earthquake, Reiki was very helpful in supporting people to overcome classic post-traumatic symptoms, such as insomnia, panic disorders, fast heartbeat, etc.
Eye-glasses are distributed in small communities, where eye-glasses would otherwise be unavailable. Each recipient has to give a small contribution (a dollar or two) to a fund; the funds so raised are used on projects - building of common areas, small renovations, etc. - that are collectively decided in the community.
Our primary training courses for community leaders are focused on participatory planning for sustainable development. These courses strengthen the capacity of communities to self-organise and develop projects, without having to wait for assistance from charitable or humanitarian organsations.
We have supported the repair of a reservoir and a hydraulic pump in the mountain community of Fondol. This facility strengthens food security and increases productivity from the land. This project has been realised in collaboration with the Sicilian organization Legambiente L'Erbavoglio
After the earthquake, many tent camps had no access to services. As our small organization could not provide such access, we facilitated contacts between camp leaders and larger organisations. Furthermore, in collaboration with Ayuda a Haiti, we directly supported the distribution of relief material.