Haitian social movement leader Reyneld Sanon discusses the situation of 400,000 people still living under tents in Haiti 32 months after the January 2010 earthquake, and what you can do to help.
Sunday, September 16, at 6:30 pm
St Stephen’s Church (Pecore Hall)
1805 West Alabama Street Houston, TX 77098
Co-sponsored by the Quixote Center, Other Worlds, and the Houston Peace and Justice Center
Reyneld Sanon is a leader within the current social movement in Haiti for the rights of Haiti’s homeless, or “IDPs” (internally displaced people). He was a founding member of FRAKKA (Force for Reflection and Action on Housing), a coalition of 40 grassroots groups founded in March 2010, two months after the earthquake; and currently serves as the director of FRAKKA’s executive committee. Before this, Sanon has been a founding member of a range of civil society groups, including Chandèl (popular education), Atèn Ouvriye (workers’ rights). Sanon has three decades of experience as a community animator, coordinator, or consultant for a range of local and international groups, including Solèy Leve (cooperative), SAKS (community media coalition), ITECA (grassroots development), FIDES (support group for progressive organizations), Oxfam, Christian World Services, and the American Friends Service Committee.
Mr. Sanon’s presentation will discuss the housing situation in Haiti following the catastrophic January 12, 2010 earthquake and the reality of life under tents for the 400,000 people that remain homeless. He’ll provide context for Haiti’s current housing crisis and the problem of forced evictions, as well as give an analysis of national and international housing plans and the role of NGOs in addressing the crisis.
Mr. Sanon will also talk about alternative housing models that are being created, and the grassroots activities being undertaken to educate, organize and mobilize displaced people to defend their rights, and will also talk about the housing rights advocacy work being undertaken in Haiti. He will be calling on Haitian diaspora and foreign friends and allies to continue to demonstrate solidarity with those still living under tents.
For more information on event contact Tom Ricker 301-922-8909, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the campaign for housing rights and halting forced evictions visit undertentshaiti.com.