Eight years after the destructive earthquake of 2010, Haiti remains in a fragile state. The country is facing the lingering effects of a prolonged drought and Hurricane Matthew, resulting in a slowdown in agricultural activities, a general loss of income and a diminished food supply. Haiti has one of the highest levels of chronic food insecurity in the world, with more than half of its population affected. 22% of Haitian children suffer from chronic malnutrition.
Dignity for children and their mothers
Alternatives and the Association for the Promotion of Integral Family Health (APROSIFA) are spearheading an initiative to meet the urgent nutritional needs of more than 700 children experiencing extreme malnutrition in the Carrefour-Feuilles district of Port-au-Prince. Alternatives has developed several collective gardens to supply families with fresh food in this poor and densely populated district.
One of our achievements is a Nutritional Recovery Center. More than a health center, it is a place where young mothers between the ages of 15-25 can regain their dignity. One of these young mothers is Nana. She began to see her future differently after her stay at the Center.
Without a job, Nana could not feed her baby adequately and the child became critically malnourished. While at the Center, the baby was able to receive the full range of nutritional intervention care. As the baby was recovering, Nana participated in a program of activities for mothers. She learned how to practice urban agriculture in the integrated model garden at the Center and got tips about managing and meeting daily nutritional needs. Nana participated in workshops to find ways to generate alternative income, such as marketing urban garden products.
We need you!
It is essential that we continue to develop options for Carrefour-Feuilles families. Options like these are particularly important for young female heads of family like Nana, so that their families will no longer be malnourished.
Support us by putting your donation into action. Your support will further the development of our work in the health and urban agriculture sectors in solidarity with Haitian civil society working for a better future.