Haiti

Why are we in Haiti? Haiti is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, with over 96% of the population at risk. Haiti is also extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Concern has been working in Haiti since 1994, when we launched a response to Hurricane Gordon, and has since responded to over 10 major disasters in Haiti.

*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Haiti. Find out more about our response here.

Needs and challenges in Haiti

With over 50 per cent of the population of 11 million people living in poverty, and a quarter of those falling below the poverty line of $1.23/day, Haiti continues to face daunting humanitarian and development challenges, including chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, low levels of education, poor sanitation, and inadequate infrastructure.

These challenges are intensified and multiplied by the socio-political instability, the country’s extreme vulnerability to frequent natural disasters and to the effects of climate change, and COVID-19.

Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Irish humanitarian charity Concern Worldwide
"Haiti may be defined by natural disaster, but our work goes beyond emergency response. It is the site of some of our most innovative programmes, particularly our urban programming. In the notoriously violent slum of Grand Ravine, teams are deeply embedded to ensure we reach the most vulnerable sections of the population and to help improve the living environment of neighbourhoods in the area."
Dominic MacSorley - Concern CEO

Latest achievements

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COVID-19 response

We eached over 265,000 people with our COVID-19 response, which included raising awareness, setting up of handwashing stations, distributing WASH kits and arranging cash transfers for 4,000 vulnerable households. 

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Letter exchange

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Playdagogy

Non-food items (NFIs) are unloaded off shore at Grand Vide for a joint distribution between Concern and World Vision. Photo: Peter Doyle / Concern Worlwide.
Non-food items (NFIs) unloading for a distribution. Photo: Peter Doyle / Concern Worlwide.
Alianna Antoine, one of the beneficiaries of the homes being built by Concern Worldwide. She works as a vendor, selling beverages at a stand in Grande Ravine. Photo: Kristin Myers / Concern Worldwide.
Alianna's new home is being built by Concern Worldwide. Photo: Kristin Myers / Concern Worldwide.
Christela Louis inside the bakery (supported by Concern) where she has worked since May. Christela is confident that through working here, she will be able to grow her business and start saving money. Photo: Kristin Myers /Concern Worldwide.
Christela works inside the Concern-supported bakery that she works in. Photo: Kristin Myers / Concern Worldwide.
Community members of Grand Vide before a distribution of NFIs in the area. Photo: Peter Doyle / Concern Worldwide.
Community members of Grand Vide before a distribution of NFIs in the area. Photo: Peter Doyle / Concern Worldwide.

How we’re helping Haiti

Our response in Haiti has changed over the years, but our focus remains on improving living standards and economic status for the island nations's most vulnerable communities.

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