Viva Rio has been in Haiti since 2004. Invited by the UN, it supported the government, first responders and the population in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Today, it still offers oportunities in the Caribbean country with social, environmental and cultural projects.
Viva Rio headquarters in Haiti since 2007, Kay Nou means "our home" in Haitian Creole. The community center promotes peace and social inclusion through cultural and sporting events, such as capoeira, panting and dancing lessons. It also offers professional courses in civil engineering and others.
R. LOUIS ROY
Viva Rio has built the R. Louis Roy training center in Haiti with the help of the Norwegian organization Build Aid and in partnership with the Council of Côte Arcadins and Eco-Institute Brasil Regional. At the place, men and women receive training to work in the tourism industry. The idea was to stimulate the use of local work power and to improve the employment rate in the community.
VIVA RIO PARTNERS WITH NGO TREES FOR THE FUTURE, GROWING SEEDLINGS AND REPLANTING TREES IN THE AREAS OF BEL AIR, BON REPOS AND ARCAHAIE.
WE HAVE GROWN OVER 300,000 TREES THERE SINCE 2010.
The biodigestors are equipment that, linked to public toilets, reduces by up to 70% the sludge and decompose 85% of the bacteria in the sewage without using chemicals. What remains is used as fertilizer for surrounding agricultural areas. The chemical produced by the digester gas is used by neighboring schools, community kitchens and families. More than 90 biodigestors have been installed in Haiti and others.
Zile Vèt, or Green Island, is a site for converting solid waste into marketable products. The place in Cité Soleil recycles debris while it boosts small companies that use the added value of garbage as a source of income. One of the biggest successes of the project was cleaning the Rockefeller Channel, which runs through the Haitian capital and had become a large open pit.
RED, BLUE AND GREEN
The Red, Blue and Green project promotes comunity engagement in the decision-making process of public security policies and actions. Funded by the Canada Government and in parternship with the Haiti Police, the program offers several activities, such as training lessons for police officers, community leaders and youth in themes and tools related to reduction of violence; creation of a unit specialized in gender issues; researches and evaluation; provision of scholarships at universities; environmental education and reforestation; coding bootcamps and community football championships.
The Community Violence Reduction (CVR) project, in partnership with the UN, supports in developping and implementing the Proximity Policing Strategy with the Haitian National Police. It aims to create and enable communication channels between the communities of the Ouest Department and the Police. We do that by organizing regular meetings between community leaders, representatives of the police, the UN and prefectures; community articulation; organization of sporting events, such as marathons and cultural festivals.