Ongoing project

South Haiti: Refurbishment and support for schools damaged by Hurricane Matthew

Type of project


Regional office


  • Population: 10711067 people
    59% urban - 41% rural
  • Life expectancy: 63 years
  • Adult literacy rate, population 15+ years: 49%
  • Population with access to electricity:
    72% urban - 15% rural
  • Population with access to Improved water source:
    65% urban - 48% rural

The need

Following Hurricane Matthew in Haiti on 4 October 2016, the southern part of the island was particularly affected by the destruction of buildings, including schools. Electriciens sans frontières has joined a consortium of five French and Haitian NGOs (Solidarity Laïque, SOS Children without Borders, Secours Islamique France, Cohaiv and Atprocom), whose objective is to support the sustainable return of pupils from 60 schools in the departments of the Grand’Anse, the Nippes and the South, and enable them to study in good material, pedagogical and socio-educational conditions.

The response

Firstly, the consortium will refurbish the existing schools and canteens, ensure electrification and greening by making sure that they are up to anticyclonic standards. At the same time, it will be necessary to provide children and their families with school materials, financial support and awareness of the environment and the management of recurrent risks and disasters in Haïti.
As part of this consortium, Electriciens sans frontières is committed to renovating electrical installations and developing electrification in 35 targeted schools, depending on the damage and/or deficiencies detected.

The impact

The project aims to directly improve the education conditions of 21,000 pupils and the working conditions of 775 teachers.

Good practices

For the implementation, a diagnostic mission will be carried out by two volunteers from Electriciens sans frontières to develop, within the local consultation frameworks, an assessment of the technical needs and the specifications for each school. This participatory and prospective approach will make it possible to match energy access needs with the capacity and motivation of the local actors to take charge of the installations that will be implemented in order to ensure the sustainability of the intervention.

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