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Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti Hard!

Hurricane Matthew hit the Southwest part of Haiti on October 3,2016.  The Department of Grande’Anse, where Youthaiti’s Center for Sustainable Development is located in the village of Duchity, was especially hard hit, with 80-90% of homes damaged or destroyed and 100% of agriculture wiped out shortly before harvest.

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Our gate is down like many, many homes, but our building survived and houses a dozen families in temporary shelter

Fortunately, our building survived and was able to provide emergency shelter to 60 people, including one baby born in the midst of the hurricane.  Now the hard part of surviving and rebuilding begins.


A Sincere Thank You

Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to mobilize resources quickly and provide emergency water , water treatment, soap, food and medical care to 15 emergency shelters where people have sought refuge since their homes were destroyed.

Thanks also to a donation of 2,300 gallon water chlorination tanks from Rotary of England and Wales, we will be able to provide clean drinking water to hundreds of people on an ongoing basis.


Continuing Efforts
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Many homes and livelihoods were destroyed. Youthaiti and the team on the ground is committed to building homes up and strengthening the community.

We are partnering with other local organizations to distribute food and building materials. As people find their ‘new normal’, we continue to help them find clean water, safe, secure sanitation facilities and begin to replant their gardens so that in a few months they will have food to eat.

As the needs will be ongoing, we continue to accept donations for our Hurricane Relief Fund as well as general operating funds to continue our work in sustainable sanitation and agriculture.

Youthaiti’s Commitment

Youthaiti is committed to putting our resources to work in this isolated area to help provide access to food and clean water, address hygiene and help people rebuild.  We will try to update this site with new information as it becomes available.  For now, we ask for your support so that we can help people on the ground.

Please DONATE NOW to support Youthaiti’s Hurricane response.

YOUTHAITI in ACTION

Why Make Charcoal from Garden Waste?

Youthaiti teaching the women of AFAD Association Femmes pour le Avancement de Duchity how to make charcoal from garden waste in an effort to stop the ongoing environmental destruction of Haiti’s devastated forest. Workshop took place at Youthaiti Center for Sustainable Development in Haiti January 2014-Video by Denny Rauen


Helping the Youth of Haiti Build a Sustainable Future

Duchity, Grand’Anse, Haiti

Youthaiti is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization helping the rural people of Haiti develop sanitation, sustainable agriculture and hygiene.

Our work is centered in the village of Duchity, in the southwestern Haitian province of Grand’Anse – home to the last remaining indigenous forest land in the country. Duchity benefits from none of the other aid programs in the nation, most of which are based in Port Au Prince and other cities and population centers.

Founded in 2008, Youthaiti focuses on projects of ecological sanitation, including:

  • Helping people build three styles of composting toilets.
  • Developing organic gardens using recycled waste as fertilizer.
  • Community hygiene education.
  • Re-forestation.

Everything is aimed at breaking the cycle of contamination and disease that makes so many Haitian children sick, and using human waste instead as part of a well-tailored agricultural program that increases crop productivity and the availability of healthy food.

Learn more about the work we’re doing. And help us help the youth of Haiti build a better future!


Even Before the Walls Go Up….

Our new headquarters building is coming along! The foundation has been poured and much of the wall that will one day surround the propertly is completed. And we’re already drawing a crowd! These young musicians-to-be stopped by on a sunny afternoon to practice – notice they only have three horns between them, and most are patiently waiting their turn.


Why We Care About Poop

For a lot of people, sanitation is something that’s taken for granted. Not so in Haiti, where cholera and other hygiene-related diseases take a terrible toll. Youthaiti Executive Director Gigi Pomerantz narrates this video explaining why helping young Haitians improve their world means starting with the most basic of all human needs.