Clearing the way for people to return to safer homes


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 than 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.


During the earthquake on January 12, 2010, 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.

Community Engagement

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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J/P HRO is the leading medical service provider for residents of Delmas 32, a densely populated neighborhood of approx. 90,000, alongside nearby communities in the Port-au-Prince area.



J/P HRO is taking a leading role in local neighborhoods to help earthquake-displaced families transition into permanent, secure and durable housing.



Thriving and economically prosperous neighborhoods are at the heart of building back a stronger Haiti.



J/P HRO programs provide displaced families and local residents a thriving, prosperous and secure community where they can return and begin to rebuild their lives.



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The Haitian relief effort will require billions of dollars and countless small contributions from citizens around the world. Every donation can make an enormous difference in the lives of individuals.

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Haiti was singled out as a country of people who are unwanted and we just marked eight years since over 250,000 of our Haitians neighbors lost their lives.

For this reason, and so many others, we are taking a moment to share the Haiti we know and love. The Haiti filled with neighbors, friends, co-workers, brothers and sisters who, with their bare hands, pulled each other out of rubble and carried each other to safety. It is the Haiti of our 200 Haitian staff, working tirelessly every day to work with communities to provide medical care to infants and children while also promoting public health to tens of thousands; where our teachers provide young boys and girls a genuine opportunity to succeed. We know a Haiti that has been hit harder and more often by everything mother nature has to offer, and yet continues with a resiliency you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else; where the all-Haitian J/P HRO emergency response team to Hurricane Matthew, which devastated Haiti's South, helped 25,000 people return to a safe, dry home.

At J/P HRO we have always refused to blindly follow what has always been done. All of J/P HRO successes are guided by the people in Haiti themselves, by getting down to the ground level to do things with and in support of Haitians.

With time, Haiti will become more integral to the global economy. This is change that you will be able to see, touch, taste and wear. This will be no small feat, but J/P HRO is no stranger to challenging the status quo and persevering in the face of long odds. It's where we began and it's time to go back to what started this organization. We are not complacent. We are not okay with "good," or even "great." We are J/P HRO, and we want to keep doing the impossible.

Haiti is not looking for a handout. This great country will not be defined by an earthquake, hurricane or poverty. Instead, Haiti's difficult history will be overcome by the will of its people and with the attention and support of a compassionate world.

Today more than ever, we must stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti. Please help us show them they are in our thoughts and hearts.

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