One Hundred For Haiti creates and supports long-term social development and human rights programs related to water safety and sexual assault prevention in rural Haiti.
One Hundred For Haiti started in 2010 as a relief organization and delivered over 30,000 pounds of medical supplies and food to the people of Haiti by boat. Realizing that relief work creates a cycle of dependency, we switched to a development approach.
We currently focus on two areas: supporting people in a rural region in the northeast of Haiti to be able to build their own stable water tanks which allow for cholera to be prevented, and an educational program focusing on sexual assault prevention in the south.
As of this time, since the start of the Rural Water Project by our predecessors in the region and through our management of it over the last three years, there have been zero cholera deaths, down from dozens in the years prior to the project. We currently work with forty communities and support local Haitians who manage, maintain, and repair the water cisterns in those communities.
In the south of Haiti where child rapes and abuse of women have been rampant, we fund GTPE (in Creole, “The Working Group for The Protection of Children”) a group of a social work activists who go into rural communities and educate people about what sexual assault and abuse are and how to prevent them. We have been active for over a year there and have directly affected many communities who otherwise would have no such education, training or grounds for response. This project is expanding on a regular basis as it is much needed.
(Photo: When the first GTPE anti-violence training took place in the crime troubled Haitian community of Derrière Fort, the hope was that the community would respond positively to it. This is the first time in history that any organized conversations about rape, abuse, and protecting children have ever taken place in the south of Haiti. One Hundred For Haiti is the sole funder of GTPE.
Response far exceeded any expectations. After the training a group volunteered from within the community to serve as a follow up committee to further educate their neighbors. They did this on their own accord. No one suggested there should be a follow up committee. They made it happen because they believed the work was important.
Their inspiration led to people in every subsequent GTPE community to form their own follow up committees like this first one.
In this photo, Nathan Hamlin Bean and Greg Bennick stand shoulder to shoulder with Morgan Wienberg, Bedel Desruisseaux, and Andre Enel along with all the members of that first follow up committee at a meeting to hear about the successes and challenges they experienced over the last year. Everyone is wearing a shirt that says “Standing shoulder to shoulder we will combat violence”.)