Number of national staff: 50 at the end of 2010
Number of international staff: 7 at the end of 2010
Budget: €1,400,000 in 2010
Main donors: Consortium 1212, ECHO, Eden Foundation
The Republic of Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. For several decades, its people have lived through poverty, violence, instability and dictatorship, which have hampered the country’s development. Not to mention the numerous natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, cyclones and landslides, that are made even worse by environmental problems such as deforestation. In a context such as this, people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable. Handicap International had intervened in Haiti following the three hurricanes that ravaged the country in 2008.
After the earthquake on 12 January 2010, given the gravity of the situation, Handicap International Belgium was one of the agencies that intervened in order to assist the numerous victims.
Handicap International Belgium chose to initially concentrate on treating people wounded during the earthquake who needed rehabilitation.
New projects are in preparation in 2011 to help the many people who, besides poverty and other day-to-day difficulties, now face disability as well. For example, we are putting in place a social and economic insertion project to help people with disabilities integrate into society. 2011 will also see the beginnings of the functional unit, which prepares people with spinal cord injuries to return home. Road safety remains one of the central concerns of our team on the ground. The victims of traffic accidents are numerous and many of them remain disabled for life. We will be able to put the road safety experience we have acquired in Southeast Asia to good advantage.