Fact Sheets

Charcoal is produced all over the Haitian countryside, with more than 90 percent of Haitian energy needs met through the use of firewood and charcoal.   Charcoal production begins with the felling or pruning of lives trees, which has contributed to mass deforestation throughout Haiti, in turn increasing soil erosion and leaving Haiti more vulnerable to severe weather, including flash floods and mudslides.  Furthermore, charcoal use exposes women and children to “indoor air pollution,” which leads to respiratory illness and approximately 3,000 premature deaths in Haiti each year.

Gender-based violence (GBV) has been a chronic problem in Haiti for a number of years. USAID’s Support for Empowerment of Vulnerable Women in High Risk Environments project aims to strengthen and expand GBV programs at GHESKIO and two other affiliated sites in order to empower vulnerable women and reduce reliance on risky sex for economic survival.  

USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) guarantee program, established by Congress in 1999, unlocks private, local capital to support lending in critical growth sectors.  Since 2004, USAID/Haiti has supported the provision of financial products and services to under-served and out-of-reach households and enterprises through DCA partial credit guarantees.

The Haiti Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Control Program is a joint effort between USAID, the Government of Haiti (GOH) Ministry of Health and Population (MSPP), and the GOH Ministry of Education to eliminate and control lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths in Haiti.  USAID support for NTD control began in 2008 under the NTD Control Program (2006-2012) and continues under the ENVISION project (2011-2016).  

The Building Climate Change Resilience and Food Security Program is improving the productivity of smallholder farmers by promoting good farming practices and adoption of new technologies. The program identifies keen, hard-working farmers at the village level and develops them into “Agro-Entrepreneurs” called Village-Based Advisors who provide inputs, services and advice on good farming practices to their community.

Kenya Tuna Uwezo, (Kiswahili for “We have the power!”) aims to reduce politically motivated conflict in the informal settlements of Kiambio, Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho, and Babadogo in Nairobi.

The recently opened Caracol Industrial Park (CIP) is a collaborative effort between the Government of Haiti, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the U.S. Government, designed to create a center of economic development in Haiti’s underserved North coast.  To support this initiative, USAID constructed a 10MW power plant at the Park to supply reliable, plentiful electricity to the complex’s new tenants.  Through the Caracol Community Electrification Project (CCEP), implemented by the National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association (NRECA), USAID will extend electric distribution to the residential communities surrounding the industrial complex, which currently lack any connection to the electrical grid. 

USAID is financing the construction of 156 housing units at Haut Damier in Haiti’s West Department to support efforts by the Government of Haiti (GOH) to provide affordable housing opportunities for families displaced by the 2010 earthquake and other vulnerable households.  The development is one of several new housing settlements for which USAID is partnering with the GOH and other sponsors to promote housing opportunities in proximity to employment as well as social and transportation hubs.  The project involves close consultation with stakeholders, including community members, local mayors, GOH housing agencies, and the Office of the President of Haiti.

USAID is financing the construction of 750 housing units at Caracol-EKAM in the north of Haiti to support efforts by the Government of Haiti (GOH) to provide affordable housing opportunities for families displaced by the 2010 earthquake and other vulnerable households.  The development is one of several new housing settlements for which USAID is partnering with the GOH and other sponsors to promote housing opportunities in proximity to employment as well as social and transportation hubs.  The project involves close consultation with stakeholders, including community members, local mayors, GOH housing agencies, and the Office of the President of Haiti.

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Last updated: September 19, 2014