When Haiti makes headlines in the United States, it’s typically due to a natural disaster or major emergency. What doesn’t make the news: the triumphs, progress, and drive of community members, local health workers, small-scale farmers, local and national government, and other partners working together to improve health and nutrition.
Action Against Hunger has been working in Haiti since 1985. Our approach to fighting hunger is holistic and comprehensive: we target both the direct causes of hunger as well as the underlying, more hidden causes. Working with the most vulnerable communities in the north of the country, we improve access to clean water and sanitation; access to income, markets, and food; and strengthen the capacity of families and local health workers to prevent and treat acute malnutrition among children. Haiti suffers frequent natural disasters, particularly hurricanes and tropical storms, and our programs prioritize efforts to help communities prepare for and build resilience to emergencies to reduce their impact.
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. These images, taken by renowned photojournalist Christophe Da Silva on assignment for Action Against Hunger, reveal an under-reported story about Haiti.
This is the story of enormous local skill, know-how, resourcefulness, and potential. It’s the story of local heroes doing extraordinary day-to-day work: mothers and fathers working for healthier futures for their children, our remarkable team members sharing their expertise and skills with their neighbors and community health workers, and leaders working in solidarity to deliver local solutions to fight hunger not just today, but for good.
HEALTHY MOMS AND HEALTHY CHILDREN
Prioritizing pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children under five, we educate caregivers about proper healthcare and feeding practices to prevent malnutrition, and we screen and ensure that malnourished children get the treatment they need to recover.
PREVENTING WATERBORNE DISEASES
We can’t fight malnutrition without tackling the waterborne diseases that contribute to it. Action Against Hunger works to improve access to clean water and safe sanitation in Haiti by building and rehabilitating water sources and latrines, and training community members to manage water sources for years to come. We educate communities about good hygiene practices and ways to prevent cholera, and when outbreaks occur, our rapid response team acts immediately to stop the spread of the disease.
STRENGTHENING ACCESS TO FOOD AND INCOME
We work to provide the most vulnerable communities with safety nets such as cash transfers and food vouchers to improve resilience and access to food and income.
To build long-term resilience to hunger, we work with local and government partners to train local small-scale farmers to improve their harvests and income. We have also set up village saving and credit networks, which helps give people more stability and resilience to shocks.