|Home on the edge of Campeche with repairs/improvements--new roof, |
repaired walls and additional room--funded by the
American Red Cross.
|Drainage system, retaining walls, foot path and reinforced wall/roof. |
All funded by the American Red Cross.
This infrastructure is critical in establishing a more functional and resilient community, in part because this poor area of Port-au-Prince was in desperate need of it even before the quake. Less than 40 years ago, this hill flanked by two steep ravines was sparsely populated. But the 1970s and 80s saw the population in Campeche and other parts of Carrefour-Feuilles skyrocket with a large influx of relatively poor residents moving here and building mostly makeshift homes. A fragile infrastructure barely followed suit and the zone quickly became one of the most densely populated and disaster-prone areas of Port-au-Prince.
So when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, Campeche along with the rest of Carrefour-Feuilles was devastated. That’s why the American Red Cross and other groups designated this area as a priority zone for infrastructure and other community revitalization projects.
I spent the remainder of my morning with Achile, the manager of American Red Cross livelihoods programs in Carrefour-Feuilles. For two hours, he introduced me to half a dozen recipients of small business financing programs and village savings and loan associations (VSLA) made possible with American Red Cross support.
|Achile, the manager of American Red Cross livelihood|
|Frantz Volma (right), beneficiar|
possible by the American Red Cross, stands alongside Red Cross livelihood
manager Achile (left).
For more information about the American Red Cross’s ongoing work in Haiti, visit redcross.org/haiti.
This past June, Michael traveled to Port-au-Prince to learn more about Red Cross programs in Haiti and to support the local Red Cross office. For more photos from Michael's visit to Carrefour-Feuilles click here.