Locally-Led Disaster Relief Project
Community Solutions / Soliciones Comunitarias
(Kreyòl anba, Versiòn en español Sigue)
Solisyon Kominote Yo (SolKomYo) is a trusted Haitian social enterprise that has been providing essential services and goods to the northeast department of Haiti since 2012. To date, the organization has impacted over 40,000 Haitians and generated over US $1,200,000 in savings and local earnings.
After hearing the extent of destruction that was faced after Hurricane Matthew in the southwest of the country, SolKomYo is committed to supporting a locally-led recovery program to assist the sustainable development of the affected region.
While emergency relief efforts are often short-term and do not invest in the local economy, SolKomYo hopes to use its expertise as a local community development organization to identify the long-term needs of the region and respond accordingly, helping to build resilience within the communities affected.
We will conduct this in three stages and all funding will be divided into these areas:
1. Short-term (40%)- Delivery priority items, make contact with local organizations and community groups to understand the long-term needs of the region
2. Medium-Term (30%)- Develop relationships to better understand needs and identify which SolKomYo Programs would benefit the community (for example agriculture development, access to finance, entrepreneurial training to distribute essential technologies)
3. Long-Term (30%) - Begin implementing SolKomYo programs via a local partnership
SolKomYo will visit the southwest next week to deliver emergency goods and make observations about the long-term needs of the area. With the funds donated, we will collect the following priority items to deliver to th region:
- First Aid Kits
- Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets
- Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
- Sanitary Pads
- Toilet Paper
We would like to reach out to ask for a donation of any amount to support a sustainable recovery program to the region affected by Hurricane Matthew, and avoid the negative consequences witnessed in Haiti after the earthquake relief. We guarantee that all donations will go directly to this cause. We will be publishing updates detailing the results of the visit and how the funds are used.
For more information about Solisyon Kominote Yo and our ongoing projects, please visit our website:
N’ap avanse! (“Let’s Advance!”) – Common saying in Haitian Creole to indicate: Let’s move forward!
Solisyon Kominote Yo (SolKomYo) se yon òganizasyon ki ap ofwi sevis yo e pwodwi yo bay depatman nòdès la depwi 2012. Li sipòte plis pase 40,000 benefisye e sa bay $1, 200,000 nan travay yo.
Aprè ke nou tande epi wè nan televizyon tout destriksyon ke Siklòn Ouragan Mathiew fè nan Sid peyi Dayiti, ekip SolKomYo pral komanse yon pwosesis dirab pou ede retablisman nan Kominote ki afekte yo.
Tankou nou konnen ke ede pou ijens kapab se kout-tem e pa envesti nan kominote yo pou long-tem, SolKomYo vle kontribye pou yon pwosesis ak konfiyans e dirab pou moun ki viktim yo. SolKomYo panse ke sa ap tre enpòtan ke nou pote solidaritè pandan tann sa a e ede yo avek eksperyans nou: developman lokal. Nou planifye pou fe travay nan zon sa a pou nou wè kòman chanjman ka fèt nan zon sa a e pou ede retablisman a long tèm.
Nou pral komanse li nan 3 etap e tout fon yo pral distribye konsa:
1. Kout- Tèm (40%) – Fè yon vizit nan zon yo semèn pwochen pou viv plis sou situasyon an e pote kèk pwowdi ki an ijans.
2. Mwayen-Tèm (30%) – Nou pral Konstwi relasyon ak Asosyasyon,Òganizayon e Enstitisyon nan zòn yo pou nou rive idantifye bezwen ki genyen yo e inkli kek pwoje developman nou nan zon sidwès, pa egzanp nan finansye, agrikilti, e antreprenarya.
3. Long- Tèm (30%)- Komanse yo avek yon oganizasyon lokal. Sa kapab sipòte rekiperasyon a long tèm pou popilasyan an e ede nou pou konstriksyon dirab nan kominote yo.
Pou vizit ke nou pral fe pou Kout-Tem, nou te deside ansamn priyorite yo ke nou pral prann:
- “Kit Ijans”
- AquaTab pou purifye dlo
- dantifris ak bwòs dan
- Papye ijyèn
- Ak lòt
Nou vle mande tout zanmi Nasyonal kou Entènasyonal ede nou pou nou kapab bay sipò nou nan retablisman ak developman nan zòn ki afekte yo ak siklòn Matthew. Nou kapab e nou pwomet nou ke patisipasyon ou pral ale direkteman nan zòn ki afete yo. Nap toujoun pibliye yon rapo apre vizit nou, pou pataje tou rezilta yo e tou koman nou te itiliz fon yo.
Si nou vle konnen plis enfòmasyon sou oganizasyon nou oswa pwoje nou, ou kapab fè yon vizit isit https://solkomyo.org/ o ekri nou sou Facebook.
Solisyon Kominote Yo (SolKomYo) es una organización haitiana de confianza que están dando servicios y los productos esenciales en el departamento de nordeste de Haití desde 2012. Hasta esta fecha, ya hemos impactado más de 40,000 haitianos y generado más de $1, 200,000 en los ahorros y en los ingresos locales.
Después que escuchamos ver por Televisión las noticias de todas las destrucciones que hizo el huracán Mathew, el equipo de Solkom yo estamos determinados para asistir el sudoeste de Haití.
A veces, el apoyo después de un desastre puede venir solo para al corto plazo y el no se invierte en la economía local. SolKomYo ha decidido para usar su conocimiento en desarrollo sostenible local para apoyar la recuperación a largo plazo en las comunidades que fueron afectados por el huracán.
Queremos hacerlos en tres etapas y los fondos distribuirán como así:
1. Corto Plazo (40%) - Entregar productos de emergencias, y contactar las asociaciones, organizaciones e instituciones en comunidades locales para comprender las necesidades a largo plazo
2. Medio Plazo (30%) – Crear relaciones con asociaciones, organizaciones e instituciones para entender mejor las necesidades e identificar cuáles de nuestros programas podría beneficiar la comunidad (por ejemplo, acceso de finanza, agricultura, y espíritu empresarial, para construir resistencia en las comunidades)
3. Largo Plazo (30%) – Empezar con la implementación de los programas con una organización local
SolKomYo va a visitar el suroeste la próxima semana para entregar productos emergencias y hacer observaciones sobre las necesidades. Identificamos los siguientes elementos de una prioridad:
- Kit para los primeros auxilios
- “Aquatab” para purificar el agua
- Pasta dental y cepillo de dientes
- toallas sanitarias
- Papel del baño
Queremos pedir a amigos/as Nacionales y Internacionales ayuda para apoyar un programa de recuperación sostenible para la zona que ha afectado del huracán Matthew, y para evitar las consecuencias negativas que pasaron después del ayuda de terremoto en Haití. Nosotros les prometemos que todos los fondos van directo a esta causa y vamos a publicar un reporte después de la primera visita para compartir los resultados y como utilizamos los fondos.
Para más información sobre Solisyon Kominote Yo y nuestros proyectos, por favor visita nuestro sitio:
“N’ap Avanse” (¡Adelante!) – Una frase haitiana que significa: ¡Sigue adelante!
As this project has been integrated into a long-term program of SolKomYo, we will be posting all our updates on our website: solkomyo.org, so please follow us there. Thank you again and we wish you a joyous and prosperous 2017.
SolKomYo hopes that you are getting ready for the Holidays! We would like to share with you a brief update about our relief project in Haiti.
While the heavy rain finally subsided in the northeast of Haiti, areas of Ouanaminthe were severely flooded, and many individuals lost all means to continue their small income-generating activities. SolKomYo identified 11 individuals in the Ouanaminthe area who had been severely affected by the rain; each was someone who had a way to generate income but lost this opportunity.
SolKomYo invested in these individuals to restart their projects. We met with them last week and gave each a loan of 2500-3000 Haitian Gourdes (HTG) (around $US 50-60), which varied depending on the size of their families. We stated that they could decide where exactly to invest this money, but starting January of next year, every month they would have to meet with SolKomYo to pay 50 HTG (US$1) until the loan was paid off.
With this 50 HTG that each beneficiary brings, SolKomYo will start a community savings group for these individuals to help increase their savings and build resilience. So, each month, as they bring the 50 HTG to pay off the “loan”, they will actually be contributing to their savings group to increase their individual savings.
In addition, as all beneficiaries are female (two are male but are handicapped and have their daughters care for them), SolKomYo also hopes to form this group into a group of female community leaders. Through our interventions, we will give them trainings on financial literacy, savings groups, and health-related topics, to eventually share within their community. We also hope to include a lesson in literacy because many of the recipients were unable to write.
This is an innovative recovery and resilience building program we have started with these women and has the potential to have substantive impact within their families and communities.
None of this would be possible without YOUR support and we could not be more thankful for your generosity. During this holiday season, please consider donating to this cause or sharing it with friends and family, as it is truly supporting an impactful cause for the families affected by natural disaster in Haiti. Thank you again and we hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season!
With much gratitude,
The SolKomYo Team
Thank you again for your support to assist communities affected by natural disasters in Haiti. As we mentioned last week, Solisyon Kominote Yo (SolKomYo) decided to redirect the funds to help the victims of the continuous heavy rainfall in the northeast of Haiti. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to express how grateful we are for your collaboration.
This week, we visited the areas of Ouanaminthe that were devastated by the flooding. Sadly, we witnessed communities living in dire conditions. There is trash and mud everywhere, where many roads are impassable. We encountered several houses that are still flooded with water. While some areas have canals, pictured below, they are not tall enough and the water overflows after a heavy rain.
As we began to speak with individuals, we learned that many are suffering because the ways in which they had previously made an income were devastated due to the rainfall. For example, some individuals are smallholder farmers, but the floods destroyed their gardens. Another worked in the rice market to dry out the rice, but the rain water soaked all the grains, ruining her product. Another lady sold clothes, but all the clothes were soaked and damaged and she cannot sell them anymore. Moreover, as access to banking services is extremely limited for many Haitians, people often save their money under their beds. With weak housing infrastructure, the rainwater leaked into their homes and destroyed these savings, so they have no means of restarting their small businesses.
Pictured below, this house has been flooded for three weeks and the water will not drain out. The elderly lady who lives here is forced to walk around her house in the 2 feet of water. She and her two kids have nowhere else to go to live.
SolKomYo has identified 11 individuals with significant need in 5 different areas of Ouanaminthe. With the funds donated through our gofundme campaign, we will directly assist these 11 individuals get back on their feet by investing a small amount to help them restart their income-generating activities. By donating the money in increments, SolKomYo will be able to monitor and evaluate the program, while also strengthening our relationship and identifying increased opportunities with the beneficiaries.
It is thanks to your generosity that an immeasurable difference will be made in the lives of these 11 families. In the coming weeks, SolKomYo will continue to update you on each family and the development of the project. While sharing with friends and family this Thanksgiving season, please consider spreading the word about our project so that SolKomYo can continue to support the communities affected.
The SolKomYo Team
Thank you again for your generous support to our locally-led relief project.
In the past month, we have had trouble beginning the project due to the high transportation costs and current instability in the affected region. We also learned that many local organizations were receiving donations and immediate assistance in the area.
In recent weeks, the North of Haiti has received large amounts of rain and is suffering from extreme floods in many communities around the northern city, Cap-Haitien. Some of the Haiti team members have already visited the neighborhoods and shared the extent of the destruction. People are displaced from their homes and forced to live in shelters. Many have also lost all of their belongings. 10 people have died from the floods and about 300 hundred have been directly affected. You can read more about this here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37900952. More rain continues to fall and as epidemics such as cholera are a rising threat, the people are living in fear.
We would like to update everyone that we will be redirecting the funds to this issue. As it is in a region in which we already work, the donations will be able to be spent much more effectively because we will be able to serve the communities directly. In addition, this disaster did not receive the same media attention as the hurricane and there is little help to the people who are affected.
Thank you again for your support for the people of Haiti. Your generosity helps Haitians rebuild their futures after natural disasters such as these.
The SolKomYo Team