Ludger Kaup, (l) Head of Project for German Agro Action talks to the Swiss Ambassador to Haiti Edita Vokral (c-r) about the WFP Cash for Assets project just outside Bombardopolis in the North-West of Haiti. WFP Haiti Representative George Heymell (c-l) , and Mayor Pierre Tonique Liscar (c); look on with WFP Head of sub Office Jerume Dieujuste and WFP Field Monitor Lubens Jeanbaptise (r).
The objective of these projects is to increase food security and economic growth among communities that are prone to successive shocks.
In 2013 the Swisse Government donated just over US$ 1 million to WFP Projects in Haiti.
These dry stone walls are being built by the community near Bombardopolis to prevent severe flooding and erosion.
‘Dry Stone’ is a building method where walls are built without any mortar to bind the elements together. Interlocking stones are carefully selected to guarantee the structural integrity of the wall.
The Swiss delegation stands on the edge of the newly constructed dry stone wall.
The ‘Cash for Asset’ projects in the North-West region of the country aim to build 5000 m3 of dry stone walls by employing over 1,000 men and women from the community to complete the activities.
In 2013 WFP partnered with 18 national and international organizations to set-up ‘Cash for Assets’ programmes that employed over 39,970 temporary workers to build resilience in vulnerable communities. The programmes benefited over 193, 400 Haitians across the country.
(l-r) WFP Representative George Heymel and Jerume Dieujuste, Head of Gonaives Sub-Office,Boris Maver, deputy coordinator for humanitarian aid for the Swiss Cooperation in Haiti and Swisse Ambassador to Haiti Edita Vokral in the WFP Warehouse in Gonaives.
The Gonaives warehouse is the largest in Haiti and consists of 3 permanent storages and 5 mobile storages units and stocks both food and Non-food items.
The warehouse has a permanent capacity of 13,500 MT and 2,500 MT of mobile storage exclusively for non-food items.
The Gonaives warehouse is strategically positioned and can serve as the main hub in case of a major disaster.
26 May 2014 Haiti: Partnering for Progress