Since the January 12, 2010 earthquake, J/P HRO has been responding to each phase of the crisis. In the emergency phase, the priority was to rehabilitate neighborhoods and allow for reconstruction through large demolition and rubble removal programs. Through these initiatives, more that 500,000 cubic meters of rubble has been removed.
Today, J/P HRO continues its efforts in neighborhoods such as Fort National, where this work also allows for a proven reduction of violence in the community, by offering volatile communities jobs which ease the tension. Once the rubble is cleared, construction activities are able to begin prototypes for new accommodation and retrofitting damaged buildings.
THE NATIONAL PALACE
During the earthquake on January 12th, Haiti's National Palace collapsed and was destroyed. This symbol of Haitian pride lay in shambles for 2 years, becoming a beacon for the those who claimed the recovery process was all too sluggish. Then, in the Summer of 2012, the Government of Haiti tasked J/P HRO with using their demolition and rubble removal expertise to take down what was left of the Palace and remove it from the Palace grounds. J/P HRO was able to accomplish this task quickly and transport the rubble to the impoverished district of Cité Soleil to be turned into the foundations of newly built homes.
Micro-Zone Projects: The micro-zone approach is being used as a way to also improve infrastructure, accessibility and public spaces. An initial micro-planning project has been completed for 24 housing units. A larger project of 45 units, financed by the World Bank and managed by the Haitian government, is currently ongoing. These buildings bring a new solution to informal neighborhoods. J/P HRO is currently studying the development of 50 additional units, which will include buildings of up to four stories.
Technical expertise is complemented by a strong emphasis on community mobilization, which helps ensure beneficiaries are involved in the process from the beginning, in order to better respond to the community’s needs. In both our rubble removal and construction projects, J/P program staff source labor from the community in order to engage give agency to those we serve.
One example of this engagement was our Adolescent Girls Initiative, or AGI. This program empowered young women to learn the skilled work of engineers and builders to expand what they think of as possible career choices. It is vital that our community give women the same opportunities to compete for high demand jobs as men.
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