In one of the most challenging operational environments, LWF continues to do humanitarian work
(LWI) - The operational context in Haiti is challenging. Lawlessness, the rule of organized criminal groups, economic problems, earthquakes, and extreme weather events threaten to destroy everything people start building.
The LWF, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, and Norwegian Church Aid continue to work under insecure circumstances to serve vulnerable communities. In this interview, LWF Country representative Prospery Raymond talks about the challenges, LWF's main projects, and rewarding moments.
Impact on staff
"The situation in Haiti is very complicated," Raymond says. "Since the assassination of the president, there has been no elected official government. The inflation is high, over 40 percent."
Organized criminal groups, more commonly referred to as gangs, rule the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, where LWF has a joint office with DKH and NCA. Every day, there are targeted kidnappings, extrajudicial killings, and gun fights.
"Our staff are very stressed", Raymond says. "We provide transportation so they can come to the office. They all live here in Port-au-Prince with their families." Some had to move because gangs took control of the neighborhood they lived in. LWF provides psychological support to help them cope with the stress.