By Jennifer Browning
This weekend in the first of a two-part article, the Miami-Herald takes a look at rural Haiti and the government’s intentions to look toward decentralizing the country in order to give more power to the municipalities and provinces.
Rural Haiti has already experienced a mass exodus–over 400,000 people have fled to rural areas to seek shelter with family and other relatives. Later this month, Haitian leaders intend to outline a rebuilding plan during a critical aid conference in New York. The leaders are working toward a plan that will incorporate rural areas into the development of the country.
In addition to providing care for earthquake victims at the Project Medishare and the UM Global Institute Hospital in the capital, Project Medishare continues to provide ongoing support to our existing rural programs like the Community Health Program and our Integrated Community Development Program, which includes helping local farmers with better agriculture practices in the Central Plateau.
As resources in Port-au-Prince continue to dwindle, soon there will be another exodus to the countryside. Schools and health clinics will need to be built and funded to accommodate these urban guests who will more likely become permanent residents.
Click here to read the first of two parts of the Miami-Herald’s story about how rural Haiti is pushing for decentralization of power and resources.
In the coming months, we expect to see a continued growth in our rural communities of Thomonde and Marmont in the Central Plateau. If you would like to help us in continuing our support of our Community Health and Development Programs in Haiti’s Central Plateau click here.