COLLADÈRE : A VILLAGE CREATED TO OFFER A ROOF TO FAMILIES WITH ALL LOST IN THE 2010 EARTHQUAKE

Manuel is one of the deployed volunteers in Haiti within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative. He explains us what kind of activities he conducts for Mouvement Paysan Papaye (MPP) and what role he has in the association.

“As a Resilience Building Volunteer, I have the opportunity to travel a lot within the Haitian Central Region. I visit many small peasant villages in the Plateau Central, with the objective of collecting information and data on the farmers’ main issues and concerns.

One of the last villages I visited is Colladère, 13 km north from Hinche. This small settlement has been created after the tremendous earthquake of 2010, in order to give shelter to homeless families coming from the western region. Financed by a network of humanitarian associations, including MPP, the settlement is composed by 6 small villages, currently hosting 10 families each.

A seed supply plan is being studied

Accompanied by the residents, I took a short visit and then had a very informal and genuine meeting. According to the villages’ representatives, the main constraints were water scarcity and seed supplies. After discussing on the possible answers and solutions, I prepared a short report and headed back to MPP Office, where I presented the main findings to my supervisor. A seeds supply plan is actually under consideration by the technical team.

Having the opportunity to witness first-hand the humanitarian scenario is something extremely enriching, both on the working and especially the personal side.”