Our Impact in Haiti

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Currently, just 27.6% – of the population in Haiti has access to improved sanitation facilities. 52% of the rural population and 35% of the urban population only have access to unimproved drinking water. Over 760,000 cases of cholera and 9,000 deaths have been reported in the country since the outbreak began in 2010.
  • To date, Haven has trained over 69,000 people in Hygiene Promotion.
  • 241 people have received training in HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
  • Haven became the second-largest provider of latrines in post-earthquake camps in Port-au-Prince, directly impacting 81,950 people.
  • Haven works with the Ministry of Health to train Community Health Workers to communicate and reinforce messages of good hygiene.
  • Haven teaches people how to recognise and treat symptoms of cholera: 806,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Haiti since 2010.

Training and Education

Haiti remains one of the most unequal countries in the world: the richest 20% of its population holds more than 64% of its total wealth, while the poorest 20% hold hardly 1%. Employment is extremely vulnerable: over two-thirds of the labour force do not have formal jobs.  The adult literacy rate in Haiti is just 49%; people aged 25 or over received, on average, just 4.9 years of education.
  • Haven has facilitated the training of over 78,000 people in Haiti to date.
  • More than 1,200 Haitians have been employed directly by Haven.
  • Computers have been supplied and fitted to more than 23 schools and centres in Haiti.
  • Haven’s Sewing Women programme in Gonaïves has imparted guidance, equipment and training on social enterprise development to over 100 women. An Enterprise Centre built by Haven in the village offers a place for the women to gather, work and run their newly-established businesses.
  • Haven offers practical training courses in general construction, solar energy systems, sanitation, drainage, computer skills, agricultural training and more.
  • Courses in conflict resolution, communications skills, community action planning, health promotion, leadership skills, disaster mitigation, family planning, adult literacy, financial literacy and village savings groups are also available.


Today, 60,801 displaced people are still living in 45 camps across the island of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, which damaged or destroyed 175,682 homes. Only 11% of people in the Haitian countryside have access to energy compared with 63% in the island’s cities.
  • Haven has built, repaired and renovated homes and shelters for over 21,500 people already.
  • 2,000 homes on the island of Île à Vache were upgraded between 2014 and 2015 alone.
  • Haven successfully piloted an owner-driven reconstruction project, allowing the homeowner to project-manage the construction of their own home, with guidance and support from the team.
  • Haven distributes solar lighting packs to homes across the island; each pack gives 15 hours of light after five hours charging in sunlight, and hold outlets for charging devices.

Community Development

  • Community development is embraced and mainstreamed through all of Haven’s projects and programmes.
  • Haven trains and employs Community Development Workers to participate in all of its projects, ensuring that the needs of the communities in which it works are best met.  Community Health Workers visited over 4,900 homes in 2014 alone.
  • Haven helps to enhance local economies by purchasing materials and supplies locally whenever possible.


  • Haven implements projects in partnership with other leading international NGOs, as well as local organisations.
  • Haven works in partnership with various departments within the Government of Haiti.