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ECOWORKS INTERNATIONAL

MISSION

We partner with Haitian farmers to jointly establish cooperatives, modernize farms, and restore ecosystems so they become sustainably autonomous, self-sufficient, and prosperous. 

   

VISION

To be a force in restoring Haiti’s capacity to feed itself.

1) We Helped Haiti in 2010, We Are Helping Haiti Now

2010 Haiti Earthquake, January 12th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Haiti Earthquake, August 14th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On August 14th, Haiti was hit hard by a powerful 7.2 earthquake, devastating the southwestern peninsula. So far 1,900 people are dead, 6,000 are injured, many are missing, and many more are homeless. The search and rescue emergency continues.

You may recall that EWI had already been working in Haiti when the 2010 earthquake devastated our own region. We responded within hours and provided emergency food and water to the Bernard Mevs Hospital where we moved in for several months. We renovated a wing of the hospital to provide the country’s first in-hospital physical therapy center to help the recovery of new amputee, brought in a team of Israeli physical rehabilitation specialists to train the local medical staff, brought rolling medical teams from the US, donated an ambulance, and assured the steady flow of medical supplies.

We also took care of hundreds of internal refugees who found safety in the Lake Azuei region; helped small merchant women to rebuild their inventory, purchase basic necessities, and start their economic recovery. We helped strengthen their local women’s organization through training and entrusting them with managing microloans. We participated in the government-requested urban reconstruction plan for the redevelopment of Port-au-Prince and its port, delivered by the Miami-based international DPZ firm and the UK-based Prince Charles Foundation.

Before working in Haiti, our senior executive had carried out not only long-term programs globally, but also disaster responses in Rwanda, Somalia, Armenia, and the former Yugoslavia, bringing to EWI a singular expertise in planning and executing disaster responses.

 

Today, we respond to the August 14 earthquake, as we did twelve years ago.

No matter what other relief projects we undertake, we always give special attention to the needs of women and children. Disasters impact women differently due to gender inequality, gender norms, and gender-based division of labor. This is why we focus on helping women regain their emotional balance and the economic capacity, so they can feed and care for their children. We ask the women what they need, and then we deliver.

As Haitians say: women are the ‘poteau mitan’** of life and family structure.

 

 

 

2) Learn more about EWI’S EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE PROJECT, 2021

 

 

You have very generously supported us when we responded to the 2010 earthquake, we hope you will also support us today. Despite the many challenges we face in the United States, most of us still live in relative comfort and abundance. Please donate today to help those who are in great and urgent need.

 

 

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 

Haiti’s food shortages – triggered by draughts, social unrest, flooding, epidemics, extreme poverty, and lack of a cohesive governmental support  – have been recurring over decades. The international response is to send large quantities of food by plane for countrywide distribution.

Sending food alleviates some of the immediate problems, but it also destroys long-term local food production. It perpetuates a cycle stuck in a continuous loop of food emergencies and international responses.

Instead, Haitian farmers need a ten-year, nationwide, effective development plan that increases farmers’ capacity to feed the country and respond to food shortages.  Eventually, farmers will be able to altogether prevent food emergencies in Haiti.

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We live in tremendous gratitude for the generous support of our donors, for the stalwart commitment and support of our Board of Directors, and most of all, for the trust of the farmers and fishermen, and their families, with whom we partner to build a better future in rural Haiti.

Despite the dire situation in Haiti, our work continues - because our Haitian teams are extraordinary.

Your Support is Vital

What if five year-old Kenel, eight years old Roseline, and twelve years old Nadia wouldn’t spend five hours a day carrying water, instead of going to school? With your support we can build rainwater catchment systems to free the children from this chore and send them to school instead.

What if hundreds of farmers could organize themselves into agricultural cooperatives so they can improve their productivity, sell more crops, earn more money, and be able to better care for their families. With your support the first of the five planned regional co-ops just opened its doors.

When you invest in small-scale farming families, you change their lives for the better and forever. 

Thank you!

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From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You, and Keep Safe.