Morne Pelee

The needs in Morne Pelee

Health Care
Morne Pelee faces many problems because of a lack of safe water, sanitation and almost non-existent health care. The community has only two poorly equipped health centres with part-time nurses and health workers. Families have a limited knowledge of sanitation and hygiene practices such as use of latrines, hand washing and disposal of household waste. As a result of unsafe water, inadequate hygiene and poor health care, children frequently suffer from chronic diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, typhoid and skin diseases.

Health services for mothers and children are precarious, so mothers lack awareness of how to have a healthy pregnancy and properly feed and care for their children. There is a lack of information about responsible behaviour on how to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy is an issue in the community.

Despite laws requiring free and compulsory education for all, more than 80 per cent of schools in Haiti are privately run and the education system is poorly regulated. Most parents cannot afford the school fees.

For children who do attend, the schools in Morne Pelee are small and dilapidated and teachers need more training. Math and reading skills are very low and there is a high dropout rate resulting in juvenile delinquency and early pregnancy.

Economic Development
The economy of Morne Pelee is mainly based on agriculture through the production of sugar cane and food crops including yams, bananas and cassava. Production is low because farmers don't have tools, seedlings or fertilizers and lack knowledge of how to manage and control water to irrigate their plots.

Families are unable to finance their farm production because they can't access suitable credit. There are few organizations where farmers can join together to help each other access markets for their produce. A lack of businesses in the community results in high youth unemployment.
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Morne Pelee's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The community of Morne Pelee is home to more than 13,000 people, more than 40 per cent of whom are under 18. Haiti is the most underdeveloped country in the Western Hemisphere. Like many rural communities, Morne Pelee has poor access to basic social services such as a safe drinking water, electricity, sanitation, recreation centers or vocational schools.

The population depends mainly on agriculture, livestock and informal work, and most families are not able to meet their basic needs. Children suffer from chronic malnutrition and water borne diseases such as diarrhea.
  • 45 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 49 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 12 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment     
  • 8 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 100 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 1,633 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health
  • 1,376 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 1,092 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 9 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 558 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 7 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
Health Care
To improve the health of mothers and children, World Vision will:
  • Train and support health care workers to provide basic health care to community members
  • Support vaccination of children under five years to make them less vulnerable to infectious diseases
  • Organize clubs to educate mothers on how to feed and care for their children and healthy pregnancy
  • Help families protect water points, manage water for household use and adopt good sanitation and hygiene practices

To help children in Morne Pelee enjoy quality education, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Ensure youth have access to better-equipped schools with safe water points, latrines and playgrounds
  • Educate parents and teachers about the importance of early childhood education and work with schools to make preschool classes available
  • Improve children's reading and math skills by training teachers on new learning techniques and ensuring appropriate learning materials are available Improve child well-being by educating parents and community members about child rights

Economic Development
To increase families' income so parents can support their children's needs, World Vision will help to:
  • Organize farmers co-operatives to improve access to seeds, tools, training and financing to increase their crops yields and access to markets
  • Train farmers on improved farming techniques, water management, production and sales
  • Help youth begin their own small business Involve women in identifying economic development opportunities in the community
Hurricane Irma: Updates and facts you need to know
Hurricane Irma has begun moving through the Caribbean and is expected to lash the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos with life-threatening wind, storm surges and heavy rain starting Wednesday night and lasting into Friday morning.
Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 storm and now ranks among the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded​.

World Vision is deeply concerned about the impact this major hurricane could have on children living in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which are among the poorest countries in Latin America. Tens of thousands of children are living in flimsy shacks that are likely to be damaged and destroyed by powerful winds and rain.
What is World Vision Doing to prepare for Hurricane Irma?
World Vision is in communication with community networks to stay updated on damage and on the status of sponsored children, so we can respond quickly.

World Vision is prepositioning basic food and hygiene items to meet the needs of affected families and to ensure that affected children are secure and supported through child-friendly spaces.

Hurricanes of this magnitude can be especially frightening and traumatic for children, and we are working to protect both their physical and psychosocial needs.
How is World Vision responding to Hurricane Irma?
World Vision has relief supplies pre-positioned to assist in responding to the needs of those affected after the storm passes. Supplies include:
  • Hygiene kits
  • Sawyer water filters
  • Bed sheets
  • Mosquito nets
  • Jerry cans
  • Dry food
Abou​​t your sponsored child
If you would like more information about your sponsored child, please call our toll-free Hurricane Irma emergency line at 1-800-654-2650.

Explore Morne Pelee

current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Morne Pelee,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.