Grand'Anse's Rebuilding Fund

$18,370 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 35 months
Launched in 2010, ESPWA is a Haitian-led network of leaders registered in the US and in Haiti.  We are operationalizing the Haiti Community Foundation.  We've worked in the Grand'Anse (our Pilot Region) for the past 4 years.  We get support from the Inter-American Foundation, the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, the Ansara Family Fund, the Global Fund for Community Foundations among others and many individual donors in the US and Haiti
Yesterday, we got devastating news from the Grand'Anse.   

Report from Michael Broyles, re: MAF's initial survey flight: 

"I just returned from a 6 hr evaluation of the entire South Coast of Haiti ..Decimated in each area. Lots of work to be done. A major long term concern is the complete loss of gardens in these areas. Food is already scarce. It's really bad.  Guys I just landed back from Jeremie. It's wiped out. Barely 1% of houses standing. The people are alive...they survived. But soon they will starve. They're cut off.”

What We Are Doing:

1)We built a strong regional network of 600 leaders in the Grand’Anse who hail from all sectors over the past 4 years.  We are leveraging/mobilizing it to organize relief and the first phase of “rebuilding”

2)Our people are working with local leaders with ties to the Grand’Anse to get resources for the communities.  Business people including Francois Chavenet, HCF Treasurer are donating the use of 6 trucks with drivers.  Francois will be using his tractor loader to help clear Jérémie’s roads

3) We’re talking to other Haiti-based networks like the COSPE, a national network of private schools to see how to connect our efforts

We’re working on starting a Phase I $100,000 crowdfunding campaign to support relief and early “rebuilding”:
1) $28,000 to support relief efforts through our network (roads have gotten rougher and very hard to navigate and people are looking at boats and planes to get supplies to GA towns that are stranded)-  We’ll have a special focus on hard to reach towns as large relief agencies tend to concentrate on larger towns.
2) $72,000 to go to communities ($6,000 per commune- there are 12 communes/counties).  

Our Regional Committee will work with our local members to decide the allocation designed to help get people back on their feet (roofs, tools, small business stocks replacement.  This means injection of funds into the local economy.   

We are in shock but moving forward.  One day, we were working on launching the Grand’Anse Regional Fund.  One major blow of nature later, our Pilot Region is wiped out and  we’re now working on relief and rebuilding.  There are no words to describe our feelings.

However, make no mistakes, WE WILL REBUILD!


ESPWA, Inc. On Behalf of The Haiti Community Foundation Network
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Dear Friends,

Thanks again for your support and solidarity. The campaign is up to a great start.

It's been an incredible relief to be able to speak to members of our network. The news is horrific. The Delegue (equivalent of a governor) of the Grand'Anse estimates that over 90% of the schools have been destroyed as well as 80% of houses.

Outside of Jeremie, the capital of the region, the majority of the houses are gone. People are sleeping under the sky. Cholera has started to spread and the Haitian Red Cross is running out of medicines to treat it. Some relief organizations like Food for the Poor have been bringing food and water. The local hospital, Hopital Saint Antoine has been hit but it's still serving people. It's always been below capacity though. Now, it's tougher. I'm betting on Concepcia Pamphile, the Director. She's a powerhouse.

Our network is local and has been hit. Alcendre the leader of the Grand'Anse Planning Committee almost died when his house got hit and water flooded it. His organization ROPAGA is a network of 68 peasants organizations. Their crops and seedlings farm are gone. Their truck got crushed and totaled by a tree. Their office got wiped out and they lost all their office equipment and records. He's one story. The Network is organizing though and making assessments to figure out how to best use our limited resources.

A number of local and international institutions have contacted us as they know of our work and network. We're trying to leverage resources to best help the most vulnerable people and communities and thinking long-term as we're are to stay and help rebuild.

Thanks for your support in these challenging and painful times.


Marie-Rose on behalf of ESPWA, the Haiti Community Foundation Network and the communities of the Grand'Anse

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Dear Friends of Haiti,

Thank you all for your support. It makes such a big difference at a time like this.

We are also getting approached by businesses and individuals in Haiti who want to help. The devastation is so staggering that it is difficult to absorb. The death and "missing" toll keeps climbing.

The good news is that the road to the Grand'Anse is now unblocked! Hopefully, phone and Internet service will be available soon. Our network is coordinating as much as possible with other organizations. Food and access to clean drinking water is a priority! Illnesses tend to set in after disasters like these.

We have strong and deep local roots and we're focused on rebuilding. Our approach has an economic development "bent", as our focus has always been on human development and self-sufficiency as opposed to charity. We plan to help people get back on their feet sooner than later (tools, seedlings, merchandise et all).

Thanks so much for your support!

Warmest regards,

Marie-Rose and the ESPWA, Haiti Community Foundation Network

P.S. Here is a link to photos of Jeremie, the capital of the Grand'Anse after Matthew's passage. I must warn you that they are painful to see.

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Raised by 68 people in 35 months
Created October 6, 2016
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