More than five years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, The Salvation Army continues to provide survivors with new homes, employment skills, agricultural and livelihood support.
- built 114 permanent, earthquake resistant, houses, with more in process,
- provided vocational training to 741 youth,
- provided livelihood support to 681 beneficiaries
- supported 786 farmers with agricultural assistance.
During a recent visit to Haiti, Salvation Army personnel from Canada met 26-year-old Eugene, a graduate of the Army’s vocational training. Having received skills in motor mechanics he was quickly hired by an auto parts company in Port-au-Prince. Full-time employment changed his life. It not only boosted his self-esteem, it ensured that he could provide basic necessities such as food and housing to himself and his family.
“Our programs don’t just give a hand-out,” says Major Gillian Brown, director of world missions. “We make it possible for people to learn employable skills such as plumbing, electrical and mechanics. We provide resources so people can start their own business. We educate people about innovative farming techniques, and how to grow nourishing crops to sell in the market that will help feed their families.”
The Salvation Army continues to evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of our beneficiaries. With compassion, respect and love, we work alongside the people of Haiti to help break the cycle of poverty and relieve suffering.