Community selection: UTPMP Haiti will work in Canaan for the next 4 years, a community with 30,000 families living without any of the basic services.
Needs assessment process: Surveys are applied to many heads of households, acquiring relevant data that allows UTPMP to select the families most in need.
Volunteer recruitment: Before each construction, Un Techo launches a volunteer recruitment campaign, including pamphlet distribution, information sessions, and posters in Creole and French.
Prefabrication of houses: Today, the houses are being prefabricated by Haitian manufacturers, reducing costs and incentivizing local labor.
Construction: Through a specific and organized methodology, massive constructions are organized (hundreds of houses in 4 - 10 days).
Social Inclusion Programs
Seeking to reduce the families' vulnerability and social exclusion, UTPMP mobilizes physical, human and social capital within the communities. These programs rely on weekly Community Organizing Meetings, which create community-level participation and a space where residents and volunteers formally discuss community issues. During these sessions, projects on education, basic skill training, adult literacy programs, microcredits, health, etc. may be developed.
Year 1: 2,000 transitional houses built
February - July 2010: 326
August - January 2011: 674
Year 2: 2,000 transitional houses built
February - July 2011: 800
August - January 2012: 1,200
Year 3: 3,000 transitional houses built
February - July 2012: 1,400
August - January 2013: 1,600
Year 4: 3,000 transitional houses built
February - July 2013: 1,400
August - January 2014: 1,600
Social Inclusion Programs
This phase is born out of the families necessities and therefore the timeline is contingent on when they start gathering in Community Organizing meetings. It is not possible to give a specific timeline for these programs yet.
Deliverables: By January 2014
10,000 transitional houses
51,800 mobilized volunteers (90% Haitian)
During 2012 the project will be entirely led by Haitian youth
20,180 families participating in social inclusion programs
After the earthquake in Haiti, 1.3 million people were living in temporary shelters (tents or plastics), according to the World Bank. Due to its prior post-earthquake experience, Un Techo knew that permanent housing solutions would take a long time to arrive and due to the magnitude of this disaster, the solutions would take even longer. Haitian families did not only lose their homes, but also their social networks, education and health services, possibilities of generating income, along with the psychological effects these catastrophes leave behind.
Prior to the earthquake, Haiti was already the poorest country in the western hemisphere; according to the World Bank, approximately 67 percent of its population live on less than 2 dollars per day. Un Techo para mi Pa?s already intended to start working there in April 2010, using their model of intervention that has already been implemented in 15 other countries. Through young university volunteers, Un Techo seeks to improve the quality of life of the most excluded and vulnerable families in Latin America and the Caribbean by building transitional houses and developing social inclusion programs. The model was born through their interaction with slum-dwellers (their regular beneficiaries), and has been proven by its 13 years of experience, and is currently being used in 18 countries of LAC.
Un Techo para mi Pa?s can be part of the solution in Haiti by building transitional houses for 10,000 families throughout the next four years and by developing social inclusion programs that help integrate these families into the regular functioning of the country. Un Techo will achieve this through the participation of Haitian university students, the future leaders of their country, an important factor which differentiates the organization from any other NGO. This hand-to-hand experience with the most vulnerable families will definitely influence these young leaders in a positive manner and affect their decisions in the future.
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Media/Marketing Opportunities
Financial: UTPMP needs to secure the funding for 10,000 houses (inmediate need: usd 5,000,000 to finance the first two years).
Media/Marketing Opportunities: One of their main interests is to advocate the reality that millions of latin americans are living in and the positive and energetic impact youth brings in. Haiti is the main example and advocacy is a main need of the organization. It is the way to bring all society's eyes back to Haiti after it has been a top news story.
OFFERING: Implementing Partners, Media/Marketing Opportunities
Volunteers: UTPMP offers a concrete project for youth volunteers to get involved with
Media/Marketing: If desired, UTPMP's partners get media and marketing exposure (brand association, logos in institutional materials-brochures, t-shirts, website, facebook applications, etc) depending on the level of partnership. Un Techo para mi País is a strong, energetic and youth brand in all Latin America.