Community2Community Inc.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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  • Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Energy and Environment, Economic Opportunity

  • Haiti

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  • Public charity

  • $52,888

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The Problem

After the earthquake in 2010, the strength of Haiti and its people were greatly tested. With more than 1.5 million people affected, from the loss of life, their homes, cholera outbreaks, dried up crops and land, destroyed schools, and unsafe drinking water; Haiti's ability to sustain its culture rich communities had come to a halt. In the aftermath of the earthquake, thousands of NGOs have flooded Haiti, and now it has become apparent that funding provided to assist these NGOs in the rebuilding of Haiti has fallen short of expectations. Community2Community has dedicated the past 6 years to creating self sufficiency in the coastal town of Petit Gove. We have partnered with the local communities in Petit Gove Proper and on the mountainside. While their economy is largely agricultural, most of the forest has been destroyed, and the infrastructure and many shelters that exist were severely damaged. The primary water source ceased to flow and was relocated. The primary school was destroyed and was rebuilt as a series of make shift tents. With approximately 400 students currently, the school conducts classes with no access to water or sanitation facilities. Strategizing for this project, became a concern as well because of access into the mountainous region. The existing road extends through the mountains but stops short, approximately 2 kilometers, from the school. An extension of this road is essential for the water distribution system and school construction to be implemented, and reforestation is necessary to restore agriculture for use in the communities.

Proposed Solution

Through our work with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution to this water crisis, we have collectively designed a gravity fed, water distribution system. This system will provide access to potable water to over 2,000 residents of Vallue. This vital resource will be critical in improving the community's health, strengthening food security, addressing socio economic needs and empowering the lives of the resident's of Vallue and surrounding communities. As mentioned earlier two of the four phases of the water initiative have been completed as of 2012. In 2011, C2C broke ground for the new water distribution system, which initially presented a challenge since the main water source was dry due to the lack of rain for over seven months. C2C held meetings with the community to determine alternative locations for water and well digging. And by the end of 2012, the spring box captage a water catchment basin, was built and the site layout and excavation plan for the foundation of the water tank was completed. Education: The construction of a permanent school that will withstand the forces of nature and serve as a multi functional facility for teachers, students and parents. Roads: The completion of the road improve mobility throughout the rough terrain and to provide easier access to the markets, school, water distribution system.

Evidence of Effectiveness

The current pilot program has not been evaluated. The results of the current initiatives have been proven effective because of the results that are apparent. The reforestation initiative has completed the planting of 14,000 seedlings, and is expected to assist in preventing soil erosion around the captage, and supporting agriculture within the communities. The water initiative has completed 2 out of 3 phases. We have already located a water source, built a captage that currently provides clean, natural, spring water and is flowing at approximately 6 gallons per minute. The new location is also accessible to the entire community and we have also excavated an area on the mountaintop that will support a large water tank that will then distribute the water through a series of kiosks throughout the community. For the education initiative we have evaluated and surveyed the area for the best location for the school facility. With the assistance of architects and constructions workers, we have determined the best location for the facility and one safest from natural disaster. Finally the road initiative is the final portion once the school has been substantially constructed. An assessment was made of the necessary tools and materials necessary to pave the roads connecting the communities to the school, city, and mountainside.

Previous Performance

The 4 Initiatives at the forefront of the Pilot Project we have made sure to create strategic partnerships with architects, engineers and other partners who are currently working, on the ground in Haiti. C2C has reviewed the feasibility of reforestation, presented through proposals by the peasant association in Piton Vallue. We are aware of the intense labor efforts necessary to maintain the agricultural prospects that we hope for by planting the initial 14,000 seedlings. We also recognize the technology and innovation need to complete the final phases of the water distribution system, which are to construct a pump house; complete with solar panels and batteries that will pump water to a nearby mountaintop. For the school, after surveying the site and reviewing the design the community proposed, we have set forward towards the development of a design that uses sustainable building systems and practices tested here in the United States. Our Haitian and American architects have incorporated them into the details that we see in the community's local architectural vernacular. The construction of the road is the largest undertaking and it will require the most material, manpower and time. We are formulating a schedule in which the first phase of the road construction will be the grading of the path into a temporary dirt road. After the school is substantially completed, phase 2, the paving of the road will begin. This will start from the school, and be laid in reverse to ensure lengthy curing time for the surface.

The Team

Team Purpose

Community2Community (C2C) is a 501c3 non profit service organization created in response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which devastated the island nation of Haïti, on January 12, 2010. In 35 seconds, over 300,000 people lost their lives and 1.5 million lost their homes. Our mission, as a community of dedicated people, is to create lasting change and ultimately a self sufficient Haïti. There are 4 major areas that needs to be addressed in order to begin the process of self sufficiency. The work has begun on the ground in Haïti, supporting current efforts in the coastal town of Petit Gove, just 42 miles from Port au Prince. These areas are Water, Environmental Stabilization and Renewal, Education and the Roads. By creating sustainability in these areas we can provide these resilient communities with the tools necessary to create change, and provide an opportunity to experience the basic life essentials of good health, home, food, and education.

Team Structure

Community2Community (C2C) is a non profit service organization whose structural hierarchy consists of Board Members, Junior Board Members, an Intercessory Board, and Core Team Members. Our organization was founded by our CEO and Firestarter, Marie Yolaine Eusebe, and operates remotely on a day to day basis. Daily tasks and deliverables are assigned and executed within strategic committees assigned to various members within the organization. The committees are Board Development, Finance and Audit, Operations and Human Resources, Fundraising and Events, and the Pilot Project. Each committee is operated under the guidance of an assigned Board Member, and has its own responsibilities and methods of delegation in order to complete required tasks. These tasks and deliverables are outlined within each committee's Plan of Action, and is presented during C2C monthly meetings, in person, at corporate offices of Latham & Watkins, in New York City, one of its partner organizations, and is meant to debrief and inform members of the month's findings, accomplishments, and assistance that is needed. In addition, C2C conducts weekly conference calls with the board and C2C Haiti team to receive updates of project progress and disseminate important information pertinent to the organization and the efforts of those working on the ground in Haiti.