Education is essential for the long-term development of a country. Yet, more than half of Haiti’s population can neither read nor write. Schools are often overcrowded, poorly equipped and not easily accessible to children living in the rural areas. Poorer families often cannot afford to send their children to school.
That was already the case in Haiti’s Léogâne district even before the 12 January 2010 earthquake. Afterwards, with the destruction of 90 per cent of the city centres in the district, it became almost impossible for children to go to school. In Darbonne and the surrounding area, ten schools and a training centre run by the Episcopal Church were destroyed, leaving 1,900 students without classes.
Combining emergency relief, temporary solutions and long-term planning, Malteser International has helped these students go back to school as quickly as possible while working with the communities to create better, safer learning environments in the long run.
In the first phase after the earthquake, Malteser International set up emergency classrooms in tents, distributed school sets and paid teachers so that classes could resume. Next, our teams built temporary school facilities in Darbonne and La Colline to provide better learning conditions for the students.
Currently, Malteser International is rebuilding the schools (one preschool, one primary school and one secondary school in Darbonne and six primary schools in remote rural areas in the Léogâne district) plus one vocational centre so that they’re able to withstand earthquakes and cyclones in the future. The schools provide access to sanitary facilities and clean drinking water. School committees are trained in disaster risk management so they're better prepared for the next emergency. An earthquake early warning system has also been set up in Darbonne.
|Project data |
|Duration:||Since March 2010|
|Financing:||Germany’s Relief Coalition (ADH), Malteser International, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany) - ENÜH|
|Partner:||Haiti’s Episcopal Church – Darbonne Parish|