In the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti is struggling to rebuild its physical infrastructure as well as recover from damage done to important sectors that contribute to the development of the country. WUSC began the second phase of the Volunteer Cooperation Program in support of local government and non-governmental organizations who are contributing to rebuilding in the education, economic and government sectors, which are key to the success of long-term development efforts. Improving these organizations and sectors will lead to quality services that meet the needs of men, women and children in the country.
WUSC's Volunteer Cooperation Program will aid in the rebuilding of Haitian sectors by:
- sending Canadian volunteers to help and collaborate with local partners;
- ensuring women are involved in all aspects of the rebuilding.
Haitians lived through a long period of instability and violence after the fall of the dictatorship imposed upon the country by the Duvalier regime. Haitian Democracy showed promise after peaceful Presidential elections in 2006 and 2011. The nation is still struggling with the devastating effects from the massive earthquake struck the island on January 12, 2010, which was followed by a Cholera outbreak at the end of the same year.
Haiti is considered to be the poorest country in North America: Haiti is ranked 148th of 170 countries by the Human development index (2010); its GNI is approximately $660 US per person, and 38% of Haitians are illiterate.
At the request of the government of Haiti, WUSC has been working to help Haitians rebuild their country. Since 2005, the Volunteer Cooperation Program has given Canadian volunteers the unique opportunity to help build local capacity in basic education, professional and technical training, public administration, civil society organizations and across the private sector.
VCP Haiti will continue to contribute human resources and technical expertise to strengthen Haitian partners in the context of current rebuilding efforts in Haiti.
WUSC's Volunteer Cooperation Program II (VCP Haiti) is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Working with its Haitian and Canadian partners, the program will focus on reinforcing institutional capacities of Haitian organizations so they offer quality services to meet the needs of men, women and children, while ensuring that women participate in all program activities.
All applicants must be fluent in French.
WUSC's Volunteer Cooperation Program II (VCP Haiti) is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The project is jointly implemented by SACO, Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation.