North-east Programme Unit
Area: 1,623 km2
Areas of operation: Ouanaminthe, Trou du Nord, Fort Liberte
Sponsored children: 18,250
Haiti’s North-east area borders the Dominican Republic and the border crossing is a very important commercial and travel connection.
Plan started work in the region, which is very rural and undeveloped, in 1991. Over 90% of people have no piped-in fresh water, sewage disposal or electricity.
More than four out of ten children are severely sanitation deprived. Almost 3 out of 1 children are severely health deprived; More than three in five children are severely water deprived. Two in three children aged 3 to 18 are severely information deprived. One in eight children between the ages of 7 and 18 have never been to school; and just under 10% of children under five years old are severely food deprived and malnourished.
Plan launched a comprehensive response to the cholera outbreak in November 2010. We trained and installed 44 health brigades to operate oral rehydration points and cholera treatment units and provided material, equipment and sanitation for 10 cholera treatment units.
We trained youths from Plan’s already formed youth clubs to raise awareness in schools and pre-schools and they reached 30,000 students and professors.
A cash for work programme was enacted to help with the clean up of oral rehydration points, cholera treatment units and centres. More than 1,100 people in 47 teams took part. A civil protection campaign sensitised over 155,000 people.
Plan is working to ensure that all the region’s schools have proper hand washing facilities, safe water and latrines that are girl-friendly. We are also working to change the habits of people to stop defecating out in the open, which can increase incidences of cholera and other diarrhoea infections.
Youth media clubs
Plan supports children’s and youth media clubs which produce film and radio programming that spreads important messages about child rights and cholera prevention.
Watch video produced by youth on Plan Haiti's YouTube channel.
In February 2011, youths from these clubs were invited by the Haitian government to speak on a panel at the Forum for the Decentralisation of Haiti.
Plan has paid school fees for 3,000 children and young people who were displaced out of Port-au-Prince after the 2010 earthquake. We also pay school fees of orphans and vulnerable children who lost their parents through AIDS.
We have rehabilitated and expanded a school to accommodate more children after the earthquake and have trained teachers in psychosocial - or emotional first-aid - support, disaster risk reduction, child protection, health and hygiene promotion.
Plan supports 6 nutritional centres where children gain access to balanced nutrition and pre-school education, while their parents are trained in the principles of good nutrition at home. Young children are also introduced to good hygiene practices and are dewormed regularly.
The centres also run groups for pregnant women where they are taught about the stages of foetal development, techniques for breast feeding, and given vaccination calendars for children under 5.
Household economic security
Plan has an ongoing partnership with the microfinance institution Fonkoze* which has 4 branches in the region. Women receive financial tutoring at microcredit groups and with the small loans they receive can start or expand small businesses to better support their families.
Plan supports vocational training programmes for young people so they can learn a useful skill to earn an income. This also promotes a reduction in crime as they feel less inclined to steal in order to survive.
Plan conducts trainings for youths on entrepreneurship, how to start a small business and leadership training.
Plan runs 4 child-friendly spaces and holds sessions in psychosocial support, especially for those that were traumatised or displaced by the earthquake. Youths are trained in their rights, child protection and also in disaster risk reduction measures.
We also support local partners that work against the trafficking of children that is all-too common in the border areas.
Disaster risk reduction
Plan’s disaster risk reduction training programmes aim to reduce the impact of natural disaster on the communities. Plan trains evaluators and trains community members in shelter installation and distribution of emergency kits.
Children from both sides of the Haitian and Dominican Republic border are brought together to improve relations between the 2 countries. The children are taught English to communicate with each other and participate in artistic activities together. Watch a short video on our cross-border project.
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