Haiti Reborn works in the United States to build grassroots activism in support of more just policies toward Haiti. We also provide support for organizations in Haiti, with an emphasis on local, democratic control. Millions in Haiti live with inadequate sanitation and without access to clean drinking water. Countless voters and candidates have been disenfranchised from the electoral process. Haitians yearn to control their own destiny, free of corruption and free of the forces that occupy their country. Haiti Reborn is currently involved in two main project types in Haiti: disaster relief and reforestation.
The 2010 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince caused devastation that remains an emergency for those least able to cope with the effects. Disease, homelessness, and an absent or ineffective shelter strategy are all major issues facing Haitians affected by the earthquake. Haiti Reborn has joined with several partners to form the Haiti Response Coalition to work toward solutions to the ongoing problems caused by the earthquake.
The Gros Morne reforestation project, started in memory of Fr. Jean Marie Vincent, continues to be one of the most remarkable achievements of the Haiti Reborn program. It represents a return to the lush and vibrant landscapes that once dominated Haiti, and has been a true community-based project. In recent years, the success in Gros Morne has inspired satellite nurseries throughout the region.