APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
The Empowerment Program will draw upon the ongoing community work and successful health clinic of We Advance in Cite Soleil while leveraging the networking and community relations of Yele Haiti and the technical expertise of Man Up. The outreach course will be conducted by Haitian trainers, is open to men and women, is fully participatory, and encourages respectful yet sensitive discussion of cultural constraints such as sexism or prejudice. The safehouses, serve as temporary refuge for victims of domestic violence, will be staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week, and will benefit from regular visits by medical staff as well as ambulatory care. Residents will also be advised by staff on working with the police on reporting and enforcement. Currently, there are no safe places for victims of domestic violence.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
The outreach course will run every month and graduate approximately 200 students a month = 2,400 graduates in one year. This course is taught by 12 trainers who teach in tandem to approximately 33 students each month. The Trainers are responsible for recruitment and retention to the course in their respective neighborhoods within Cite Soleil. The first safe house will be built by early 2012 dependent on funding. The number of victims served per month is unpredictable.
Many of the worst affected victims of the Haitian earthquake live in Cité Soleil in Port-au-Prince, referred to as the poorest and most dangerous area of the Western Hemisphere and a 'microcosm of all the ills in Haitian society.' An estimated 200,000 to 400,000 residents have virtually no sewers, stores, electricity, health care facilities or schools. There are very few, if any, services delivered in the area of health or community education (empowerment) to these residents. We Advance is one of the few willing to work in this area designated by most international NGOs as a 'red zone.'
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