“helP is hopE” non-governmental organizations

ngo_3d_logo_v1_by_ngo_design-d57cwwnHaiti is currently being aided by approximately 10,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in support of its socio-economic recovery and infrastructure change. They are the largest recipient of NGOs in the world, with no other country higher in the world. The 2010 earthquake further devastated Haiti’s already impoverished and debilitated country. The largest amount of NGOs global relief funds are allocated to support Haiti, while the Haitian government has remained sedentary in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of its country. This continued apathetic and inaction by the government leaves Haiti unprotected and vulnerable to the world’s scrutiny and influence [1]. In addition, NGOs have a larger influence, capacity and funding than the Haitian government. Donors, fearful that the governments lack in support and exploitative behavior, tend to bypass the Haitian government and finance directly with the NGOs.

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Haiti’s social service infrastructure is largely privatized. Approximately 80% of Haitians’ basic needs are provided by NGO’s, labeling the country as the “republic of NGO’s” [1]. Moreover, the government of Haiti is receiving only about 1% of the humanitarian aid and somewhere between 15% and 21% of the longer-term relief aid. These NGO entities appear to have limited accountability; there are few evaluations of their services, resulting in misappropriation of funds. Most importantly, Haitians are disillusioned with the overall lack of progress, transparency and accountability.

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Despite these pitfalls created by utilization of NGO funding, gallant efforts are being make to reduce Haiti’s poverty. Many projects are supporting clean water, sanitation, education, employment, medication and housing, to name a few. You can see from the chart below that, without these relief efforts, Haiti would not survive.

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NGO Aid Map has approximately 134 projects with 35 organizations; a few are listed below [2]:

Project Name Summary
General Disease Prevention & Treatment Essential medicines and medical supplies to help our health care provider partners around the globe respond to critical health issues faced by their communities
Prenatal Vitamin Program Direct Relief provides prenatal vitamins to Health Care partners that distribute them to pregnant and lactating women
Installation of Solar System Electricity access in Haiti is the lowest in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The electricity sector in Haiti has several weaknesses and it has been in crisis for decades. Haiti has a very limited availability and access to electricity, with significant technical and commercial energy losses
Scale-Up Haiti: Food Security & Social Transformation Project Goal Secure the post-disaster recovery and livelihood security of vulnerable populations in rural Haiti. Project Objective Restore livelihoods and strengthen economic resiliency of vulnerable

Since 2001 the organization Build On has constructed 85 schools with more than 91,050 volunteer work days. Other major contributors are: [3]:

Contributor Summary
American Red Cross In Haiti, the Red Cross is providing first aid in camps and prioritizing the need for food, water and other basic supplies In the first four months alone, the global Red Cross network has collectively: handed out tarps, tents and toolkits for nearly 450,000 people, provided relief items for 500,000 people, distributed 111 million liters of clean drinking water, built more than 1,300 latrines, partnered to vaccinate nearly 800,000 people against deadly diseases, including more than 152,000 vaccinated by the Red Cross, coordinated the shipment of more than 2,100 units of blood to medical facilities, treated more than 100,000 people at Red Cross hospitals or mobile clinics, registered more than 28,400 people with missing loved ones on its family linking Web site, deployed more than 900 responders to Haiti, including 165 representing the American Red Cross
CARE CARE has been working in Haiti since 1954, providing projects in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, maternal and child health, education, food security, and water and sanitation
Doctors without Borders Doctors Without Borders teams have been working out of hospitals in and around Port-au Prince, including: Choscal Hospital, Martissant Health Center, Trinite Hospital, Carrefour hospital, and Jacmel Hospital. The diseases treated in primary health care facilities today include respiratory and waterborne illnesses such as malaria and diarrhea
Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity has 26 years of experience serving families in Haiti. It has provided families with housing solutions through a variety of initiatives including projects for new home construction, progressive building, and home improvements
Save the Children Save the Children has worked with families, communities, government and civil society in Haiti since 1978, in both development and emergency contexts
UNICEF In Haiti UNICEF and its partners intensified emergency operations to protect the health and safety of children at risk, especially children who have become separated from their families and may find themselves without shelter, food, water or other basic necessities

Citations:

[1] Edmonds, K. (n.d.). NGOs and the Business of Poverty in Haiti. Retrieved March, 201, from https://nacla.org/news/ngos-and-business-poverty-haiti. Reporting on the Americas since 1967

[2] NGO Aid Map. Haiti Aid Map. (n.d.). Retrieved March, 2016, from https://haiti.ngoaidmap.org/

[3] Haiti Relief Fund. (n.d.). Retrieved March, 2016, from http://www.nyc.gov/html/fund/downloads/pdf/Haiti Relief Fund Recipients 12.17.10.pdf

In coordination with the Clinton Foundation


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