Home And Family
This is the corner where we attempt to address the current issues of the Haitian families. This section covers relationship, abuse, and any issue affecting the Haitian family
Whether you are living in Haiti where many people can't either afford air conditioner or if they do, can't get the electricity to run it, or living in another warm climate, spending the summer time without air conditioning can make excessive heat feel uncomfortable.
However, once you follow some of these tricks mentioned here, it would be possible to stay cool and comfortable in your home without AC during the warm summer months. You can avoid the heat and save money by skipping the AC.
1. Plant Trees: It is an ingenious conspiracy of passive cooling. Plant trees, if possible, on the east and west side of your home. It was an old tradition to protect one's home from the rays of the rising and setting sun.
On Thursday, November 26, 2015, President Martelly inaugurated the Phase I of the Village Project "ONA-ville", in ONA-City in Morne-à-Cabris. The project was undertaken mainly to rehabilitate the employees of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) over an area of 125,548 square meters (1351388 square feet).
Around ninety residential units have been constructed with capacities of three to five bedrooms in three categories: Type I: 221 Sq meters with five bedrooms, four toilets; Type II: 217 meters with four bedrooms, 3 toilets and Type III: is 196 meters with 3 bedrooms, 2 toilets. The project, initiated in 2003, is the result of a partnership between the Haitian government and ONA (National Old-Age Insurance Office). In addition to these ninety houses, paved roads of 3.4 kilometers long have also been constructed within the project.
The Inauguration of 90 houses Project, Ona-ville in the region of morne à cabri. In addition to these 90 houses rehabilitation, there is a 3.4 kilometers of paved roads built with recreational spaces.
Inogirasyon 90 kay Pwojè, Ona-ville nan rejyon Morne à cabri. Anplis de 90 kay reyabilitasyon, gen yon 3.4 kilomèt wout pave bati ak espas lwazi.
If you are a renter in Little Haiti in Miami, you are probably feeling that rent is going up and up and up and that there is nothing you can do about it. You also feel that there are almost no places available. I want to reassure you that this is not just an illusion. Rent is in fact going up in Little Haiti. According to the latest report, rent continues to soar in Little Haiti, which is currently in the process of gentrification in Miami.
What is gentrification?
According to Wikipedia: "Gentrification is the buying and renovating of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by wealthier individuals, which in effect increases property values and displaces low-income families and small businesses".
VeerHouse Voda had a dream to revolutionize the housing industry in Haiti. As of today, it is no longer a dream but a reality. They just opened a manufacturing plant in Drouillard with the objective to manufacture Expanded Polystyrene panels.
Why is this so interesting?
Here are the reasons: The expanded Polystyrene panel which is resistant to earthquakes, flood and fire is also recyclable and will reduce the cost of construction.
What do you think?
Haiti has a human waste problem. In many rural households people go into open fields to relieve themselves and deposit solid waste. In some areas individuals resort to using plastic bags to contain feces, which they toss into water channels. This creates a condition in which waterborne pathogens become diseases like cholera.
An underdeveloped nation, Haiti lacks an adequate sanitation system, which flush toilets require. To address the problem of the dangerous practice of filling plastic bags with human elimination, and then contaminating the water system with it, two Stanford University graduate students have discovered a solution. Kory Russel and Sebastien Tilmans have created dry toilets to process liquid and solid waste, depositing them separately into airtight containers. To remove odors and ward off insect infestations they designed covers composed of ground peanut shells and sugarcane strands, which work as a barrier. Once containerized, the waste is picked up by a service, transporting it to a processing plant for conversion to compost and sold to farmers.
Rising out of the rubble of the 2010 earthquake, Haiti's quant gingerbread-style homes, hidden across the capital of Port-au-Prince, gained new attention, being some of the only buildings still standing amidst other, newer buildings that tumbled down. Today, the urgency is on preserving these treasures, which have been neglected and unrenovated for many years. Many have already succumbed to the crush of the bulldozer, making room for lesser structures, but their ability to stand upright when hundreds of other buildings around them crumbled to dust proves they are well worth the saving.
The gingerbread homes are so called for their old world architecture, including wood frames, spires, turrets and whimsical latticework. They are often hidden behind high walls like erstwhile castles, preserving time while Port-au-Prince expands around them. Taking part in the preservation of these precious buildings is a nonprofit called FOKAL, or Knowledge & Freedom Foundation. Within the program, local craftsmen are learning how to restore the homes, as the arts of carpentry and masonry, as they were in the days the homes were built, aren't being passed down in the same way today.
One of the most pressing problems Haiti faces is its lack of fresh drinking water and proper sanitation facilities. These factors combined with the fallout of the 2010 earthquake, the cholera epidemic, created a perfect storm, which only recently is Haiti starting to get under control. The death toll since 2010 has been over 8,500 lives.
Cholera is transmitted through dirty water, and has been a huge problem because water sanitation systems in Haiti are scarce. In addition, in a country of 10 million, 75% do not have a toilet in their homes, using open fields to defecate in.
The feminism movement in Haiti had its start among the ladies of the elite class. In 1934, a group from the upper class, wishing to be a part of the shaping of Haiti's future, aligned following the end of the occupation by the United States. They would call themselves LFAS, or the Ligue Feministe d'Action Sociale.
The main focus of the group, which was led by Madeleine Sylvain Bouchereau, and Alice Garoute, was to promote gender equality, and they argued that Haiti's future would be dependent on this crucial element of women's right to vote, access to civil rights, and education. As was the case in most countries at that time, men were considered superior, by both genders, and so, despite zealous efforts on the part of the LFAS, it wasn't until 1946 that their voices became heard, and yet again, not until a few years later that their labor would bear fruit.
As far back as 1996, Haitian women, at the rate of 70%, have admitted to suffering some form of violence. Whether domestic violence or sexual abuse, Haiti's women are prone to abuse not just from spouses and loved ones, but also from authority figures, as in the cases found in IDP camps. But while the women are vocal about their struggles with abuse, men are largely unwilling to admit to inflicting this kind of suffering, so the numbers are decidedly unbalanced. Furthering the awesomeness of the reality, the men in this initial study were of the opinion that, at times, domestic violence or assault and battery was necessary and justifiable.
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