Combat Sexual Violence in Haiti



MADRE is working with our partner, KOFAVIV, to meet immediate needs of rape survivors in the displacement camps and develop community-based anti-violence strategies.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In January 2010, the worst earthquake in 200 years struck Haiti, causing catastrophic destruction in the hemisphere’s poorest country. The earthquake displaced over 1 million people who have found temporary shelter in the 500 Internally Displaced Persons camps across Port-au-Prince. There, incidences of rape have risen to epidemic levels as women and girls live among strangers in overcrowded tent camps, acutely vulnerable to sexual assault.

How will this project solve this problem?

MADRE is working with our partner KOFAVIV to end the epidemic of rape in the displacement camps by providing security, psychosocial support and medical care for survivors of rape. By distributing self-defense whistles to women in the camp, we help women sound an alarm to avoid rape. MADRE has also launched an international human rights advocacy campaign to demand policy change that protects women.

Potential Long Term Impact

Women and children in the camps will have greater security and protection, and women who have survived rape will have the support to prosecute their attackers. Haitian women who participate in trainings will be able to advocate at the national and international level to combat violations of women's human rights.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £1,948

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled £1,948 .  The original project funding goal was £1,810.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Yifat Susskind

New York, NY United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Combat Sexual Violence in Haiti