Jacmel

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Context

The project in Jacmel is the result of a round-table talk organized in 2014 by Geomoun in collaboration with the NGO Dynamo International. The round-table talk was structured around a multidimensional approach based on the participation of the child, his or her family and his or her community in the implementation of protection and promotion measures. The approach is also based on the strengthening of the capacities of civil society and state partners to ensure the sustainability of measures, procedures and tools to improve child protection.

The stakeholders present at the round-table talk represented a significant sample of parents, teachers, religious leaders, youth, social workers, community association and civil society leaders from the formal and non-formal sector, representatives from the local school network, justice of the peace, youth judge's delegate, MINUSTAH, BPM and IBERS representatives.

This articulation of the formal and non-formal has made it possible to develop a project focused on the creation and consolidation of large-scale alliances involving several levels of stakeholders (donors, government representatives, civil society representatives, children and youth representatives, opinion leaders and religious leaders, defenders, and others).

Action

Since 2015, the projects are pursuing the following objectives:

  • A better quality of life for all, allowing them to get away from simply living to survive; food security, basic health, water points in community schools and health education, a preserved environment, access to basic and vocational education for 1500 children and youth
  • Better protection of vulnerable children; strengthening the criminal justice system and defence of minors in trouble with the law who have been detained in the Jacmel civil prison, street children, girls, children in domestic service, abused children, family reintegration of young people, development of income-generating activities.
  • Make children more active in their own development through the revitalization of youth clubs, exchange and collaboration with engaged adult committees, raising the awareness of teachers and school principals about children's rights, with an emphasis on the right to participation of children and young people
  • Access to art for all: Alongside the ACCFC association, Geomoun will provide, from this year 2019, access to artistic training for disadvantaged children and young people and/or those who are too far from the city. 

Partners

RESEDH (Réseau Sud-Est de Défense des Droits Humains) is a branch of the Réseau National pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (RNDDH). This association, founded in 2000, has been active since 2006 and defends the policy of establishing the rule of law in Haiti. The network is involved in the promotion and defence of human rights (civil and political rights (CPD), economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and extends its activities towards certain categories of rights: the protection of women, children, refugees and displaced persons, etc. RESEDH is a key player in the defence of human rights and particularly those of children in the SE department. Its networking with local, national and international associations allows the programme to exist as a dynamic extension that needs only be encouraged. Indeed, in each department, there is a network with the same links and autonomy as RESEDH. The Resedh is a partner rooted at the socio-political level that promotes the integration of the programme into local policies. Multipurpose partners at the protection level; legal approach, education, protection, delivery, participation, RESEDH develops the programme in the SE department and integrates local authorities: IBERS, MCF, BPM, DAP

It also integrates itself within the training courses in collaboration with TIMKATEC at the IBERS/host family level.

ACCFC: The Foundation for Children's Artistic Creation (FCCFA) is a Haitian non-profit arts organization created for the personal growth and empowerment of children in need in Jacmel, Haiti. ACFFC provides education, meals, medical care and artistic training. 

CFCAA is defines itself with these words: "CFBLA does not have a temporary response to a permanent problem - we are a dynamic solution. Rather than distributing a temporary solution, we focus on empowering our students with the tools to create their own reality and decide their own lives. Armed with autonomy, voice and education, our students shape their own stories."

In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, the association began to beautify the city walls with mosaics by working with the young people involved in the association. https://dianesmook.wordpress.com/tag/art-in-haiti/

APCHA is partnering with Geomoun to support the project based on the legal defence of minors in trouble with the law, their food and psycho-social support in prison and their social reintegration upon release from prison. APCHA, the Plantin-Carrenard Association for Haiti and the Jacmel region, came from Dr Ulrick Plantin-Carrenard's attachment to his native country and his willingness to act following the terrible earthquake that devastated the country in 2010. After he died in 2015, his heirs made their father's project their own and are now working alongside Geomoun.

Location

Haïti

Public cible

Street children, minors in trouble with the law, 10 rural communities which represent more than 4000 people touched by the project

Durée

2015-2021

Budget

+/- 260 000 euros/year