Haiti, Peacebuilding Solutions

10 Facts about Peacebuilding Solutions

Do you remember turning 10?  Double Digits!  It’s exciting!

 

Peacebuilding Solutions, a nonprofit founded in Atlanta, is beyond excited to be celebrating our 10th birthday this year.  That’s 10 years of helping refugees, 10 years of researching how to best help displaced communities, and 10 years of working to change the international aid system.  To kick off the birthday celebrations, here are 10 facts about us.

  1.     Peacebuilding Solutions was founded in 2008 by a group of passionate students who wanted to make a difference for refugees.  Since then, we’ve gone on research trips, implemented several field interventions, and advocated at the United Nations.

 

  1.     Peacebuilding Solutions has held ECOSOC Consultative Status with the UN since 2012.  What do all those letters mean?  They mean we’re able to attend UN meetings and advocate for the communities we serve.  We don’t just help communities on the ground – we make sure their voices are heard.

 

  1.     Research is the first step in every project and intervention we do.  We believe that refugee needs should be heard.  Instead of coming in with preconceived ideas of what a community needs, we spend the time to listen to the community and tailor interventions for individual communities.

 

  1.     We went on our first research trip to Haiti in 2011, less than a year after the devastating earthquake.  While we were there, our research team talked with several communities who were displaced in the 2010 earthquake.

 

  1.     Our pilot project started in Gressier, Haiti in 2015.  A refugee community there known as LDJ was displaced in the 2010 earthquake and five years later more than 200 people were still in desperate need of aid.  The wonderful community of LDJ was – and still is – excited to partner with us.

 

  1.     Peacebuilding Solutions believes in buying local.  Too often, nonprofits with good intentions ship in goods that could have been bought at local stores.  This ends up hurting the local economy.  At Peacebuilding Solutions, we empower community leaders to shop for the needed items themselves, lowering costs and supporting the economy.  We were able to purchase shoes for all children in the LDJ refugee community this way.

 

  1.     The pilot project in Gressier, Haiti cost just $12,000 and enabled the community there to start the process of rebuilding their own lives.

 

  1.     Peacebuilding Solutions believes in building trust with the communities we work with.  This allows us to save money.  In 2016, the LDJ community needed a new latrine.  Instead of spending thousands of dollars on airfare to send people from the US to Haiti, we sent the money directly to the community.  They hired community members to build the latrine and were able to complete the project on their own.  The LDJ community members documented the costs, sending receipts and pictures of the work back to Peacebuilding Solutions.

 

  1.     At Peacebuilding Solutions, we empower the communities we serve to make their own decisions about how aid is delivered.  That means that aid is flexible and can adjust to the needs of the community.  A great example of this is the aid that was sent to the Gressier community in 2017.  The community originally planned to only buy tarps and food with the money.  However, an emergency meant that the community ended up spending some on the money for medical treatment for one of their kids.  Flexible aid lets the community make the best possible choices on how to spend aid.

 

  1.  Dollar per dollar, research-driven research in the field is cheaper, more efficient and more effective than short-term passive disaster relief.

 

Peacebuilding Solutions (PS) is a Georgia grown humanitarian aid organization that offers a technologically and culturally sensitive approach to re-stabilize the livelihoods of people who have become refugees or internally displaced persons. Started in 2008, we conduct proprietary research to understand and outline the needs of people who have become refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs) in order to provide the game-changing humanitarian aid that facilitates communities to rebuild and advance on their own terms. For more information, visit us at www.solvepeace.org.