One of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010 and subsequent cholera outbreak in December of the same year. On April 1st 2010, WUSC launched the second phase of the Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP Haiti). The program focuses on strengthening Haitian organizations, both Government and non-governmental, so that they offer quality services to meet the needs of men, women and children, while ensuring that women participate in all program activities.
VCP Haiti is working with government and civil society partners to increase the capacity of organizations in key sectors to help rebuild Haiti. Capacity building in the Haitian context will be a long process but will have lasting impacts; including collaboration between actors who previously had limited or no interaction.
- The Haitian Diaspora have has a keen interest in helping rebuild its birth nation and is playing a key role within the VCP Haiti program.
- Innovative volunteer models, such as the south-north component of the project, help respond to needs of our development partners.
- The devastation left by the earthquake in January 2010 left significant gaps in infrastructure as well as personnel, which requires flexibly managing priorities to respond to new realities.