Report on the Three Year Haiti Earthquake Commemoration

HAWG Commemoration Pics 023On the Third Commemoration of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) organized a series of congressional briefings and meetings with decision-makers in Washington DC around the theme of “Accountability for Haiti.”  Three years since Haiti experienced the most devastating natural disaster in its history, public concerns remain about relief and reconstruction policies and programs that have ignored the voices of Haitian civil society, especially the farming communities and poor urban dwellers who are now facing a looming food crisis, the hundreds of thousands living in camp cities or other precarious housing conditions, and the families of the thousands dead and hundreds of thousands sickened from a rising cholera outbreak.  Representatives of partner grassroots organizations from Haiti came to Washington DC. to meet with decision-makers and stakeholders, to share their assessment of the reconstruction process to date, as well as their input on the way forward.  They were joined in this initiative by Haiti advocacy experts and Diaspora from the US.

February 4th-6th 2013 presented itself as a time of reckoning, an opportunity for the US and the donor community, as well as the Haitian government, together with grassroots communities representing the majority of the poor and vulnerable in Haiti, to assess the impact of the last three years, based on the commonly agreed guiding principles of accountability, transparency, governance, inclusion, participation, and consultation.

This report will examine the highlights of the events surrounding the HAWG’s Third Commemoration of the Haiti Earthquake, provide recommendations from the partners and HAWG members, and share the responses received from the US congress and other key decision-makers.

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Panel Briefings and Reports: 

Lessons Learned and Recommendations
Accountability Briefing Report | Video
Agriculture Briefing Report | Video
Gender Briefing Report| Video
Housing Briefing Report | Video
Interfaith Breakfast Report | Video
Meetings with Decision Makers

Week Events:

Agenda
Media Coverage
Speaker Biographies

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Please let us know if you have any questions or if you’re interested in learning more about the HAWG and how you and your international development or international advocacy organization can get more involved with its Haiti grassroots advocacy efforts.

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Kysseline Jean-Mary Chérestal, ActionAid USA, Kysseline.Cherestal@actionaid.org
Ian Schwab, American Jewish World Service, ischwab@ajws.org
Jasmine Huggins, Church World Service, jhugginscws@gmail.com
Shelley Moskowitz, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, smoskowitz@uusc.org

HAWG Year Two Commemoration

Rep. Frederica Wilson, Hyppolite Pierre interpreting, speaks at the Land & Housing Briefing. Colette Lespinasse of GARR on left and Pierre DouDou of RENHASSA on right.

Byenveni! The Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) welcomes you to our Haiti 2 Year Commemoration website. Here you will find more information about the HAWG, a list of our 2 year recommendations to the US government and international financial institutions, in both English and French, the schedule of 2 year commemoration events in both English and French and photos, blogs and media coverage of the events. You can also learn more about the amazing Haitian grassroots and Diaspora partners who came to Washington, DC to testify before the U.S. Congress and read the report of the commemoration events, including details from the 5 congressional briefings sponsored by Representatives Frederica Wilson (FL-17), Barbara Lee (CA-09), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11), Donald Payne (NJ-10,) and Maxine Waters(CA-35).

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More Info about the HAWG

HAWG Recommendations (English)   /   Recommendations du HAWG (Francais)

Events Schedule (English)   /   Programme des Evenements (Francais)

HAWG Reception Invitation

Advocacy Week Photos

Blogs and Media Coverage

Speakers’ Bios

HAWG Report on DC Advocacy Week    /   Rapport du HAWG de la Semaine a Plaidoyer a DC

HAWG’s Haiti Photo Exhibit

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Please let us know if you have any questions or if you’re interested in learning more about the HAWG and how you and your international development or international advocacy organization can get more involved with its Haiti grassroots advocacy efforts.

Kenbe fem,

Kysseline Jean-Mary Chérestal, ActionAid USA, Kysseline.Cherestal@actionaid.org
Ian Schwab, American Jewish World Service, ischwab@ajws.org
Jasmine Huggins, Church World Service, jhugginscws@gmail.com
Shelley Moskowitz, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, smoskowitz@uusc.org
Elaine Zuckerman, Gender Action, info@genderaction.org