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In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, Heifer Haiti quickly stepped in to provide assistance to more than 2,000 earthquake victims. Complementary to its emergency relief actions, Heifer developed a framework establishing its long-term reconstruction strategy, resulting in the design and launch of the Haiti Umbrella Project. This comprehensive program sets out to rehabilitate the rural livelihoods and foster the sustainable food and income security of 12,000 families over the next three years.
Haiti Earthquake Response
The goals of this project are to train affected communities in values-based community and economic development; improve family's income and nutrition with the distribution of livestock, seeds, and agricultural training; and strengthen project participants resiliency to future disasters.
Over 3,000 families have been directly assisted by this project and these families will serve as an anchor for further development within their communities.
In March 2010, Heifer deployed a team to carry out a five-month post-earthquake assessment. Their findings were compiled in the Strategic Guidelines for Heifer's Intervention in Haiti, framing Heifer's rural livelihoods development strategy for 2010-2020. The assessment was conducted in all ten departments and included consultations and briefings with community groups, donors, Haitian government officials and non-governmental organizations.
Trainings were held with more than 60 local organizations to identify potential project partners and build the capacity of organizations in project development. As a result, Heifer received and reviewed 60 proposals and selected nine for implementation.
The country-wide post-earthquake assessment and extensive stakeholder consultations resulted in the development of Heifer's Haiti Umbrella Project, From the Ground Up: Re-establishing Sustainable Agriculture-Based Economic Opportunities in Rural Haiti. This three-year program (FY11-FY13) aims to make small-holder farming an ecologically sustainable and economically profitable activity in Haiti within the country's national postearthquake reconstruction framework. The program will improve the nutrition and income security of 12,000 smallholder households -- 6,000 original families and 6,000 through Heifer's Pass on the Gift (POG) -- through the sustainable production of staples for household consumption and the production and trade of livestock, fishing and cash crops. The Umbrella is comprised of sub-projects and has a budget of $7,615,882.
Umbrella Project Objectives:
To reach its core goal of achieving increased food and income security of 12,000 rural families, Heifer will focus its efforts in four main areas: