Our partnership with the World Food Program began in 2004 with Food Security Programs following Hurricane Jean, later transitioning to longer term Resilience initiatives targeting the restoration of watersheds, the restructuring of the traditional salt production, the construction of roads and irrigation systems, and the reinforcement of Self Help Group microcredit. Parallel to these long-term development-oriented initiatives AMURT continued to partner with WFP realizing large-scale humanitarian interventions following Hurricane Ike (2008), the 2010 Earthquake, and Hurricane Matthew (2016). We have successfully implemented a series of direct cash-transfer programs benefiting tens of thousands of vulnerable families from 2018 to 2021, and have been managing WFP’s Canteen program in 450 schools and 3 Geographic Departments from 2019 to today.
Total grant amount (2004 – 2021): 26.5 Million USD.
The Child-centered German-based charity KinderNotHilfe (KNH) first partnered with AMURT-Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, helping support a 2-year child-friendly space and psycho-social programs initiative benefiting 3,000 children in seven of the most difficult displaced people camps in Port-au-Prince. The emergency program evolved into an ongoing partnership which until today continues to benefit tens of thousands of children and mothers. KNH is our closest partner for all of our education and child-focused initiatives, and their support for the modernization of the salt value chain and the women’s Self-Help Group structures has been crucial in reaching durable and measurable positive outcomes.
Total grant amount (2010 – 2021): 6.8 Million USD.
The German Foreign Ministry (BMZ) has been supporting our programs (co-jointly with KNH) every year since 2014, becoming our largest institutional funder. BMZ funded our innovative education initiatives, as well as our rural resilience (salt value chain modernization and maritime transport) and climate mitigation (mangrove regeneration and watershed protection) programs. The expanding and evolving scope and scale as well as complexity of programs funded by BMZ are testimonials of the growing trust and satisfaction resulting from the successful implementation of development programs worth millions of USD.
Total grant amount (2014 – 2021): 4.6 Million USD.
Over the years AMURT has received numerous USAID grants as an implementing partner of WFP, CRS, and PADF, realizing large scale resilience and cash-for-assets initiatives focused on watershed protection, salt value chain modernization, rural infrastructure, and protection and regeneration of the Foret des Pines National Park.
Total grant amount (2016 – 2021): 3.8 Million USD.
Total grant amount (2019 – 2021): 1.8 Million USD.
Total grant amount (2006 – 2018): 1.6 Million USD.
Total grant amount (2018 – 2021): 550,000 USD.
Humanitarian Programs Director
“Working very closely with AMURT for the past 10 years has provided me with many experiences of professional satisfaction as we have together exceeded the development goals we set for ourselves in very complex contexts and facing multiple challenges and risks. Starting with the earthquake response in 2011 and the joyful child-friendly camps with laughing and happy children, continuing onwards with the impressive InnovEd Innovative Education Center which built the pedagogical capacities of hundreds of schools around Haiti, it was always an inspiring experience to visit and talk to the people and communities we accompanied. And the greatest satisfaction for me comes from being involved with the salt modernization project from the start, being involved with its visioning, resolving technical challenges, and looking for ways we can expand it even further to cover the entire value chain. AMURT’s development approach is an excellent example of bottom-up interventions meeting the needs of the communities while introducing innovation and efficiency to protect the common interest and environment.”
– December 2020.
“Our support for AMURT’s Resilience and Environmental programs in Haiti show how we can transition from humanitarian aid to durable community-based development which is rooted in the reality of the local context and not parachuted from above. Touring AMURT’s programs and seeing first hand the outcomes of all of the USAID-supported initiatives always leaves me with a sense of satisfaction and hope for Haiti. Seeing a desert transformed from a wasteland to a productive facility filled up with clean and abundant salt harvests, with women singing and working together cooperatively in well organized structures, and then visiting the irrigation and agricultural programs and watershed protection terraces leaves me with a great sense of accomplishment as I leave my assignment and take a mental snapshot of what is possible in an isolated corner of this country with a systematic and appropriate development methodology.”
– April 2018.
Food for Peace Director
USAID (Haiti – 2015-17)
“Anse Rouge is one of the most desolate areas in Haiti, where there is hardly any economic activity in the country as a whole. Here the women working in traditional salt harvesting spend all day long in salt up to their waste, with damaging effects on their health and body. With the new safer and more efficient methods we brought in with our implementing partner AMURT the women are now producing 10 times more salt that is superior in quality. And that’s a win-win – 10 times more salt, with less effort, and improved economic opportunities for thousands of women in this isolated and vulnerable corner of Haiti. Programs such as this, which not only save lives but change lives, bringing jobs and hope for these communities, are models for all of WFP’s programs and the development sector.”
– May 2021.