Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s Capital is the nation's largest center of economy. The majority of the city’s inhabitants are concentrated in Port-au-Prince’s densely populated slums. Phillipeau is situated in Pétion-Ville, an upscale area of Port-au-Prince, whereas Mariani is in the lower class area. The population of Port-au-Prince metropolitan area is about 2 million and their spoken language is Haitian Creole.
Philippeau and Mariani are both vulnerable areas due to poor conditions of living, poor infrastructure and high unemployment rate. The biggest problem of Phillipeau is related to floods due to the ad hoc constructions. Flooding in this area causes water to invade homes, sweeping away people’s belongings, animals and sometimes people’s lives. It is a constant threat to the population.
In Mariani, the living conditions are the same as for Phillipeau and are characterized by violence, illiteracy, delinquency and unemployment. They also lack basic social services and are vulnerable to natural disasters.
The main activities carried out by our partner in these areas that we support are in education and disaster risk reduction with women's rights being a transversal matter in all activities. One of the major education actions undertaken in this area is the support to 12 schools for teachers’ trainings and salaries.