7 Elements in Haiti
Haitian slaves mounted the world’s only successful slave rebellion, but, to this day, it’s most often referred to as the most economically impoverished country in the Western hemisphere. Most people live on less than $1 US per day, and unemployment varies from a rate of 75% to nearly 100%. For a variety of reasons, state-sponsored health and education services remain inadequate or inaccessible to most. The results of decades of population growth without adequate infrastructure brings a host of health-related concerns: unsafe housing, lack of educational infrastructure, food shortages, proliferation of waterborne diseases and more. Students on our programs will see the impact of environmental degradation across all of the seven elements of human security.
Our initiatives in Haiti focus on improving health outcomes by creating a healthy physical and social environment where local residents can thrive. The local economic and environmental systems also benefit. By empowering community members to direct all initiatives and employing local skilled tradespeople to supervise work on our building projects, we seek to enable individuals, families, and communities to take greater control over their health, well being and environment. We are actively working with our local communities and leaders to make positive steps toward addressing these issues. Continue below to see read about some of our current partnerships in Haiti.
7e’s Local Leader in Haiti
Jacques Michel began working with 7 Elements as our primary local partner in 2017. Jacques was born and raised in Cap Haitien, Haiti and serves as an integral part to both the 7e team and his own community. On top of helping with community relations, Jacques has worked with the 7e team on renovating his home to make it capable of housing 7e groups. Along with this, Jacques and his family work to coordinate logistical operations for 7e such as food, local safety, and bus arrangements.