Hurricane Matthew – visit to Jérémie & Grand Anse

Hurricane Matthew – visit to Jérémie & Grand Anse

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After collecting food, clothing and medical supplies Rea Dol together with members of Sopu Fanm pou Fanm and SOPUDEP For Life, left for Jérémie and the village of Despagne on Friday 14th October.  They expected to spend at least three days in the village and surrounding  communities meeting with people and delivering supplies.   Unfortunately 4 hours from Jérémie they were in a car accident and were unable to continue.  Fortunately no one was seriously hurt and they were able to return to Port-au-Prince but they plan to make the trip as soon as they can get another truck.

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Rea was still able to telephone the communities around Despagne and inform them of the accident.  The group also received details of the damage to property and the number of deceased in each location in the Despagne area of Grand Anse Department.   These are as follows:

We have 46 people dead and 630 houses destroyed
Locality nan Sede: 141 Houses 31 dead
Locality Pomoz: 37 houses 2 dead
Locality Salfran : 26 houses no dead
Locality Madam Jean 28 houses no dead
Locality La porte : 24 houses no dead
Locality Despay 28 houses 1 dead
Locality nan Louis : 38 houses 2 dead
Locality Débat : 110 Houses 2 dead
Locality Marcel : 35 Houses 1 dead
Locality kay Antwen 16 houses no dead
Locality Kay Diri: 150 houses 7 dead

Locality Nan Sede 141 Houses destroyed 31 died
Name of the people
1.Dol Olanda
2. Dol Lides
3. Bruce Termilia
4. Bruce Richmond
5. Baillemi Mm Sedernier
6. Baptiste Mm Prelet
7. Dupre Jouvenson
8. Charles Wilner
9. Simon Mackenlove
10. Paul Pantal
11. Simon Lenet
12. Bruce Mikerlange
13. Bruce Mackenlove
14. Bruce Minor
15. Paul Clebert
16. Jean Louis Mélanie
17. Paul Aksel
18. Cherizol Elie
19. Dorcy David
20. Bruce Amoumoune
21. Bruce Chrilove
22. Edmond Veland
23. Dol Estra
24. Dol Samuel
25. Deralien Rachel
26. Paul Keda
27. Paul Marceline
28. Valme Ciransier
29. Beaucejour Arisca
30. Paul Liveson
31. Derice Venette

Locality Pomoz: 37 houses destroyed, 2 dea

1: Saintermoe Termilus
2: Paul Mireille

Locality Salfran: 26 houses, no dead

Locality Madam Jean: 28 houses, no dead

Locality Despagne: 28 houses,  82 dead [We are still waiting for the full list of deceased].
1: Dorasme Dersier

Locality Nan Louis: 38 houses, 2 died
1: Derice Morice
2: Sebonet Alcide

Locality Deba: 110 houses, 2 died
1: Antoine Louiyance
2: Valere Delorme

Locality Marcel: 35 houses destroyed, 1 died
1: Jean Paul Frankel

Locality Kay Diri: 50 houses, 7 died

1. Sifra Elange
2. Janvier Elene Marc Anor
3. Myrtil Marc Sauveur
4. Dupre Jeansil
5. Janvier La misère
6. Joserme ainsi connu
7. Saint Clair Tiya

 

 

 

Ann Konbat Vyolans Kap Fet Sou Fanm – Week 6

Ann Konbat Vyolans Kap Fet Sou Fanm – Week 6

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In the final week we invited the student volunteers to reflect and evaluate the campaign. We divided them into five groups and asked each group to prepare a presentation and followed these with a general discussion around the challenges they faced in carrying out the campaign and how we could possibly move forward.    The students gave examples of their encounters during campaign walkabouts for example during the Bobin visit, one student reported being spat at and verbally assaulted by a male youth. However she said after the theatre presentation the man came to her and was deeply apologetic about his previous behavior and actually congratulated her and the group on the campaign saying he now understood and would try to do better in his relationship with women.   One of the difficulties many reported was women asking for solutions such as where to seek help as  victims of sexual and or domestic violence.  The students did not have knowledge of any organization in Haiti that worked with victims of violence so this would need to be included in any future campaign. Food was also a cause for concern as when inviting people to come and watch the play, many men and women asked if there would be food, and since in Bobin and Jalousie we did not have food,  they would not come to the theatre.

Students also reflected on possible causes behind domestic violence which they believed to be due primarily to poverty : poor housing, over crowding, lack of access to healthcare, food insecurity, lack of education and lack of access to support networks other than friends who were not always in a position to help.  We did point out that domestic violence happened within rich homes as well but the students felt it could not be as bad since at least the women there would have access to food, shelter and privacy.

A number of the student volunteers mentioned their families being supportive of their work in the campaign and how they were now being consulted by people in their neighborhood around domestic and sexual violence.  They therefore felt it was important to continue the campaign and for them to receive more education and training on how to support women victims of violence.

It is therefore unfortunate that Sopu Fanm Pou Fanm’s application to register with the Global Fund for Women was turned down which means it will be difficult for the group to continue with the campaign at least in the year ahead. This is a massive disappointment for all of us and we feel the rejection does not take into account the enthusiasm, the learning that took place and the commitment by all involved in this project.

On Friday 18th we invited people from the Morne Lazare community where SOPUDEP is located to attend our final event which consisted of two plays, entertainment from some of the students not involved in the campaign and the general public.  The group performed their two plays which can be watched on video.

We want to thank AmplifyChange for their grant to carry out this campaign and hope that other funding opportunities can be found so we can continue this excellent and much needed campaign.

Ann Konbat Vyolans Kap Fet Sou Fanm – Week 4 & 5

Ann Konbat Vyolans Kap Fet Sou Fanm – Week 4 & 5

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This weeks theatre and campaign was in the Bobin neighborhood of Peguy Ville, a high density community with a maze of narrow alleyways and a mix of permanent and informal housing. The neighborhood has a high level of domestic violence and this was evident from the moment we arrived and began to arrange our posters and banners. We were immediately challenged by a group of young men which set the tone for the next two hours. Many of the participants were intimidated by the level of hostility which was misogynist with the men insisting women were bad and therefore needed disciplining. Rea Dol and the Bobin community leader, Rosaline Fabre Derival,  did engage with the men prior and after the performance which was on sexual violence within the family.

We broke up into groups of 5 / 6 and spent an hour walking through the neighborhood handing out leaflets and talking mostly with women but some of us did approach men. Again the majority of men were hostile to us and we had a sense that the women in the community were intimidated. One man actually told us he was going to beat his wife that evening just because he felt like it.

The performance itself drew a much larger crowd than in Jalousie partly because we had a traffic free space.  However we were unable to engage in a Q&A afterwards as once again a small group of hostile men argued with our organizers for over an hour. We did encounter two young men who were positive and thankful for our visit but none of the women engaged with us at the time. This is something we will reflect on and consider how to approach communities with a high level of hostility and a culture of violence.

We had an additional mid-week performance on March 8th where we invited some 200 women of different ages to attend an afternoon of theatre and discussion. The women were drawn from  SOPUDEP partner organizations which includes about 15% men. The two plays were on domestic and sexual violence and each lasted 20 minutes. We then spent time discussing violence with many of the women standing up and giving testimony about their own experience and also about their organizations and how they have been a great support. We served 204 high protein meals and drinks to the visitors and our group members.

Some of the audience responses to the theatre might be difficult for non Haitians to understand for example laughter during scenes of violence. However for residents of Bobin, violence is an everyday reality and as such the street theatre performances were familiar and it is in this context that the audience sometimes respond with a ‘knowing’.  We were also pleased to note that 50 + Bobin women did attend despite the risk to them personally. If each one had a positive experience which we believe they did then they will discuss their experiences with other women who did not attend.  In this way we will continue to reach an ever-growing number of people.

 

The campaign is just beginning but from the response we have had we are confident we have begun to make the  necessary impact which is why it is crucial that we are able to continue the program. Women have come up to us personally requesting more training, on VAW, fathers have come to us and asked please can their daughters join the program and to thank us for highlighting the issue of domestic and sexual violence.

It has also been a learning process for the students involved both in terms of understanding sexual and physical violence but also in organizing a campaign and working together as a group. IT has not always been easy as students wake between 4.30 and 5am and we have had to practice into the late afternoon.  Finally this has been an opportunity to commune together, have fun, consider serious issues and not only eat good nourishing food but also share that with family members and friends.

 

Ann Konbat Vyolans Kap Fet Sou Fanm – Introduction

Ann Konbat Vyolans Kap Fet Sou Fanm – Introduction

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Ann Konbat Vyolans Kap Fet Sou Fanm is a six week media and street theatre campaign against all forms of violence against women and children run by a group of 20 SOPUDEP students and ex students. The main components of the campaign are performing two street plays; engaging with the general public especially other youth on the streets using banners and other publicity material made my the students; a radio interview with some of the students.

The first task was to select 20 SOPUDEP students and ex students [15 girls/young women and 5 boys/young men]. We started with student leader Nylogue Cantav and asked her to suggest names based on their involvement in student life at the school, willingness to participate and engage with each other and the public and for the young men, sensitivity to gender based violence.

We then held two preparatory meetings to explain the project to the students and enlist their feedback and ideas on what they would like to see happen. We also asked them to think about what they hope to gain from the project and any issues they have and if necessary these could be discussed in private the project leaders. Finally each student was asked to fill out a confidential Q&A on their direct and indirect experiences of gendered violence and what they hope to gain from the project.

The first sessions on 12/13 February were spent listening to the students to ascertain their understanding and experiences of VAW, the different forms of violence, how widespread and the social, economic, cultural factors that facilitated VAW and GBV. The group spent considerable time discussing different forms of gender based violence and thinking about ways in which they could begin to bring about change.  Finally the group discussed themes for the two plays and experimented with a couple of ideas.

The project is co organized by Rea Dol and Sokari Ekine with funding from AmplyFy Change

Mobile Clinic in Morne Calvaire,  Jalousie & Camp Acra, Delmas 33

Mobile Clinic in Morne Calvaire, Jalousie & Camp Acra, Delmas 33

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Sopu Fanm pou Fanm recently held a series of mobile clinics in Jalousie and Camp Acra & Adoquin.

 Morne Calvaire

 

Camp Acra & Adoquin

The clinic was held in the Camps small community center with the help of women from FASA and SOPUDEP as well as other volunteers nurses

Altogether 213 people attended: 83 women [7 pregnant women] 55 men, 75 children women attended the clinic and were treated for diabetes, blood pressure, pain, vitamins and treatments for various infections.

 

 

 

 

Haiti:  International Women’s Day – We build our homes!

Haiti: International Women’s Day – We build our homes!

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Women who make up the sister organizations of Sopu Fanm pou Fanm came together to celebrate International Women’s Day in a very special way.  Women from Le Phare, SOPUDEP, OBMP, Mojub and WOZO decided to forfeit a party and instead bought cement, blocks, sand and zinc to build houses for two of their members [ Claudina from Mojub and Ciliana from Le Phare]  who lost everything in the 2010 earthquake.  It’s taken 5 years but finally with the help of donations from delegation and funds collected by the women, two new homes will be built.  Though still modest they will at least be made of bricks and mortar.

One of the beneficiaries

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One of the beneficiaries

 

Rea Dol

The old zinc & tarp house

The old zinc & tarp house

Women Activists in the Niger Delta in collaboration with Women in Haiti

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Sopu Fanm pou Fanm and  Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre are pleased to announce a partnership between women activists in the Niger Delta of Nigeria and Haiti.  The initiative for a collaboration began following an invitation from Sokari Ekine to Emem Okon to visit Haiti.  During her visit Emem was hosted by Rea Dol in her home and had the opportunity to visit the different projects run by SOPUDEP. Emem also visited members of Fanm Korevi Fanm, women activists in Camp Acra in Delmas 33.

The goal of the partnership is to build solidarity and support for women from both countries. The collaboration will serve as a learning experience for the Haitian and the Niger Delta women from communities impacted by extreme poverty and lack of access to resources and education .

The specific objectives of the project are:

To foster interaction, information sharing and knowledge building between disadvantaged women in Haiti and the Niger Delta.

To promote networking and alliance building between women activists in Nigeria and Haiti .

To promote movement building and feminist solidarity between the grassroots women in the Niger Delta and Haiti.

The activities we plan in the future are as follows:

Exchange Visits to Niger Delta communities.
Women’s Roundtable on Movement building and solidarity across the Niger Delta and Haiti.
Production of T-shirts, fez caps.
Media engagement.
Expected Outcome
Build a synergy of women activism in Haiti and Niger Delta.
Emerging solidarity and women’s movement across Niger Delta and Haiti.
Create an increased awareness of issues facing each other’s communities and consider short and long term solutions towards a more sustainable life.