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Top Ten Reasons to Install Clean Water in Haiti

In an interview with NPR, Jonathan Katz noted that lack of proper sanitation and water access contributes to the persistence of cholera in Haiti. In celebration of World Water Day, the team at IJDH has put together an additional ten reasons to focus on clean water initiatives in Haiti. 1. Eliminate cholera that the United Nations brought to Haiti and put an end to the epidemic sickening and killing people (Reference: NPR) 2. Save 4000+ lives every year from waterborne disease related deaths (Reference: Human Rights Watch) 3. Revolutionize access to basic human rights and dignity (Reference: Special Rapporteur submission) 4. Yield a fivefold return on investment through improving health, education, and creating jobs in establishing an adequate sanitation system. Consequently, inadequate infrastructure can sap as much as 7% of G.D.P. per year. (Reference: Jonathan Katz, New Yorker) 5. When asked if compensating victims and […]

Former Canadian UN Ambassador Supports Cholera Suit

Not only did the former UN Canada ambassador clearly state the UN’s responsibility for cholera in Haiti, he also said that he supports our filing of the cholera complaint last Tuesday!  This article outlines Lewis’ strong support for the case and UN accountability. Stephen Lewis says United Nations must be accountable for cholera in Haiti Roger Annis, October 14, 2013 Stephen Lewis, a former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations who has also served at the world agency in several other prominent postings, says the international organization must accept responsibility for the cholera epidemic that broke out in Haiti in October 2010. He says he supports the legal action against the UN that was formally launched in New York City on October 9 on behalf of the victims of the epidemic. Lewis spelled out strongly-held views in a nine-minute […]

Michel Martelly’s education plan in Haiti marked by mismanagement and inflated claims

Travis Ross, April 9, 2013 Montreal — Haiti Grassroots Watch (HGW) has just completed a two month investigation of the state of the education system in Haiti. The investigation has revealed that the “Program for Universal Free and Obligatory Education” (Programme de scolarisation universelle gratuite et obligatoire — PSUGO) has encountered major problems; including allegations of fraud, mismanagement, and corruption. Michel Martelly made education one of the four top priorities of his mandate in his 2010-11 run for the presidency of Haiti. The two-round election was fraught with interference from foreign governments. Many political parties, most notably Fanmi Lavalas, were blocked from participating. Upon assuming office in May 2011, President Martelly announced the creation of the National Fund for Education (Fonds national pour l’éducation–FNE). The FNE would fund PSUGO and guarantee classroom seats for 1.5 million Haitian children. An education system in […]

Brian Concannon speaks on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Haiti

Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), spoke to Vancouver Co-Operative Radio in a 13-minute interview on November 22, 2012 about the impact of Hurricane Sandy in Haiti. He notes that Haiti escaped a direct hit from the hurricane, but due to the huge rainfall that fell, Haiti nonetheless received a devastating blow, killing some 75 people, destroying crops ready for harvesting and exposing to the elements tens of thousands of people living in flimsy shelter. Listen to the interview here:

Haiti’s Housing and Shelter Crisis Still Looking Intractable

Roger Annis, February 24, 2012 A centrepiece of Canada’s aid pronouncements for Haiti on the second anniversary of the earthquake is a $20 million project by the Canadian International Development Agency to resettle residents of the most visible camp of internally displaced people in Port au Prince, Champ de Mars. It is an historic public square located a stone’s throw from the destroyed national palace. The camp is a visual testament of the slow pace of housing and shelter construction since the earthquake. A recent Washington Postarticle said the Haitian government (and presumably its international backers) consider the camp an “embarrassment.” Hence the priority placed on closing it down. The announcement of the resettlement project by Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Bev Oda on January 11 said that 5,000 families would be relocated, two Port au Prince neighbourhoods (unnamed) would be rebuilt, workers […]

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