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

 

 

 

It is just 10 days since hurricane Matthew struck the southern regions of Haiti and the damage to lives and property is unimaginable. In Jérémie 80% of properties are damaged with hundreds dead. We don’t yet know the numbers of injured. Port Salut is completely destroyed and Les Cayes was also hit badly with death and destruction. Rea Dol the director of SOPUDEP is herself from Jérémie and has lost members of her own family together with property.

Les Cayes

Les Cayes

Just as with the 2010 earthquake Rea immediately began to look for ways in which she could help with the collection and distribution of food, medicine and clothing. In the best of times Jérémie is hard to reach and a good 4×4 truck is needed if one is to travel without breakdowns. At this moment traveling is far worse. With this in mind, Rea decided to travel to Les Cayes, and then this weekend  will travel to Jérémie with the assistance of   SOIL  who have provided a truck and driver for the relief trips.

 

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The truck set out this morning for Les Cayes with bedding, clothes, chlorox, soap and 50 sacks of rice. We are with a delegation of community organizers and nurses from Sopudep. The delegation made it across the river where the bridge was destroyed. The water has gone down allowing some relief to get through. We will keep you all posted and are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from around the world.

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Rea Dol & her children and other family members in SOIL truck in Les Cayes

Rea and her family have been putting together food and medical packages for delivery to Jérémie this weekend.  Below are photos of the family at work in Pernier.

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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