Cordaid: Owner Driven Reconstruction & Communication in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Project Description

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti was devastating, resulting in an estimated 200,000 casualties and hundreds of thousands of homeless families. Right after the earthquake, Cordaid (one of the largest Dutch NGO’s) started an emergency aid program soon, providing medical care, clean drinking water and emergency shelter to thousands of people.

A few months after the earthquake Cordaid’s shelter program evolved into an innovative, owner-driven reconstruction program, focusing on building social capital and putting the local community firmly in the driver seat of the program’s design and implementation, all along providing us with crucial input and decision making throughout the design and implementation phases.

Among the work I did for Cordaid was the development of an information campaign focused on safe building practices (developed together with our partner Build Change), and various other documents that provided an overview of our work in the field.

Project Summary

Partners Cordaid, Cordaid Haiti, Build Change, Local District Councils
Date Started January 2014
Status Completed
Keywords Emergency Aid, Shelter, Community Development, Owner-driven Reconstruction, Haiti
Resources Homeowner-Driven Reconstruction in Haiti – Lessons Learned


Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Featured Videos

These videos were among the content I produced to document our work on owner-driven reconstruction in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Among other things they illustrate the processes of community development, shelter construction, while also providing a portrait of some of our beneficiaries.

Gallery Post-Earthquake Reconstruction in Haiti

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Where We’re At

Cordaid’s urban and rural shelter and reconstruction programs took place in some of the areas that were hit hardest by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti: principle areas of intervention were Leogane (the town closest to the earthquake’s epicentre), and the neighborhoods of Villa Rosa, Saint Marie and Carrefour in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince.

Cordaid Rural Shelter Program Leogane HQ

Kanape Vert - Urban Shelter in Port-au-Prince

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