Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, and the lowest ranking country in the Western Hemisphere according to the United Nations Human Rights Index. While many communities are still rebuilding their lives after the devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010, many still remain vulnerable to future disasters.

A child watches reconstruction efforts from the remains of his old house A child watches reconstruction efforts from the remains of his old house, after it was destroyed by the earthquake

The impact of Haiti’s earthquake in 2010 can still be felt today five years on.  Despite large parts of Port-au-Prince having been rebuilt, many young people in the capital have limited or no access to job opportunities.  For many young Haitians, accessing job opportunities represents a vital step towards improving their lives.

The devastation caused by the earthquake resulted in many young people becoming more marginalised, shut out of the decision-making in their communities, and not able to have a real say in their future and that of their country.

Working with our local partner IDEJEN, we’re supporting young people gain skills, find jobs, increase their resilience to disasters, and give them a voice to so their needs and opinions are heard.

How we are helping

We are supporting vulnerable young people who with few opportunities to earn a decent living.

With support from the Big Lottery Fund, close to 1,000 more young men and women in Haiti will be given the opportunity to gain vocational and life skills, and entrepreneurial or workforce readiness skills, with nationally recognised certification.

Young people learning vocational skills and practicing disaster preparedness

Young people learning vocational skills and practicing disaster preparedness

We’re aiming to provide targeted training for vulnerable young people who are unemployed and living in extreme poverty in Port-au-Prince, Mirebalais and Gonaives. We’ll also build young people’s campaigning and disaster risk reduction (DRR) skills to allow them to lobby for issues affecting young people and be more resilient to future disasters. Young people will be responsible for passing on their knowledge to their peers and others in their communities empowering them be active citizens and increasing community disaster resilience.

What we want to achieve

  • Reach over 1,000 vulnerable young men and women, and train them in skills in promising tourism and construction sectors – such as catering, hospitality, masonry, tiling and plumbing – and support them to access jobs or start their own businesses
  • Work with local and community-based organisations so they are better able to respond to the needs of young people
  • Bring young people closer to local and national decision-makers by training them in advocacy and leadership and establishing youth-led advocacy groups
  • Increase the disaster resilience of young people and their communities to future disasters by training them in disaster risk reduction  and establishing local youth-led DRR committees