As a result of the 2010 that killed over 230,000 people in Haiti, many of the country’s infrastructures were destroyed (social services, hospital, clinics, schools, roads, etc.) Unfortunately, the poor were the most affected by the tragedy. The earthquake took not only the lives of many in the community of Darbonne, also, the few infrastructures that the community relied on for survival, which include a school, a medical clinic and few housing unite. For over 25 years, United Evangelical Mission (MEEUI) operated an elementary school that provided education to low-income children in district of Darbonne, Haiti. The school was poorly equipped but has managed to provide an average education for generations in the community.
The destruction of the school by the earthquake has left over 110 parents without a place to go for affordable education. It has survived over the years without almost external financial support. Sadly, the building was not designed to resist earthquakes chocks like most buildings in Haiti and was completely destroyed. The school served an average of 200 children every year before the earthquake. About ten months after the earthquake the school was still operated under tarps, which did not protect the children against the heated temperature of Haiti, the wind and the dust created by the mutilated concrete houses in the neighborhood. In 2012, PEER Servants Canada renovated a church basement, which allowed the school to accommodate only 60 children for schooling. The renovation has provided great relief to those children but more needs to be done to meet the need of the majority of out of school children in the community. PEER Servants Canada is committed to work with the local church to rebuild a modern school that would provide education to 250 children in the community.
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A ROAD FOR HAITI PROJECT
The demography of the town of Cornillon (Lafute) was estimated at 54,254 habitants and the average density is approximately 223.24 inhabitants per km inhabitants according to the 2009 census. The Forest area (% of land area) in Haiti was last reported at 3.66 in 2010, according to a World Bank report published in 2012. The people of its districts live on agriculture, especially growing peas and corn. However, agriculture in the region does not meet the nutritional needs of the population. Hunger and malnutrition are common in the area. Cornillon (Lafute) is isolated from the rest of the country and suffer from lacking the minimal services. No road linked the town to the closest city, people walk for hours every day to go to their activities. Because the area is very mountainous population movement is challenging, which affect all aspects of thier livelihood. The churches provide education to the poor families in the community who live in precarious conditions. The majority of the population does not reach first grade. Regarding health care, the population has been very vulnerable since access to a hospital is six hours away. The passage of Cholera in Haiti has caused many deaths in the region due to lack of a health care professional.