About CHAL

This website incorporates three inter-related organizations:  Chanjem Leson, CHAL and the Association des Journalistes Haiten Freelance Tête Ensemble
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Association des journalistes Haitien Freelance Tête Ensemble

We are a group of men and women from Camp Acra & Adoquin and surrounding areas of Delmas 33 and Gerald Bataille in Port-au-Prince. We came together because we felt the issues that directly affected us such as housing, street traders / vendors, rehabilitation, education and employment were not being reported from our perspective.  For more information visit our Facebook page

Founding Members:  –   Serge Supre, Perrin Mackendy, Sokari Ekine

 

CHAL [Coalition Pour Humaniser les Actions aux Logements)

Acra and  Adoquin Camps – Delmas 33, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Les victimes du camp Acra Adoquin de Delmas 33, Faisant partie de l’organisation CHAL ( Coalition Pour Humaniser les Actions aux Logements) baptiser sous le nom << Chanjem Leson>> tient à vous informer, la mise sur pied d’une coopérative au logement dans le camp avec les victimes du séisme vivant sous les Tentes, en vue de commencer à économiser des fonds, pour acheter un terrain, dans le but de construire notre maison ou de trouver un accord avec un firme, pour la construction des maisons à crédits. d’ores déjà, nous vous invitons à joindre à nous pour atterrir ce projet.

CHAL [Coalition for Housing Action and Savings]

In December 2013, Members of Chanjem Leson from the Camps Acra and Adoquin in Delmas 33 formed a new housing cooperative – CHAL .   The cooperative has multiple aims:

  1. To begin to save money to purchase land and build homes for members of CHAL which at present numbers 100 families.
  2. To begin to discuss with local governments and NGOS on the possibility of purchasing land
  3. To raise additional funds for the purchase of land and building of homes.
  4. To educate ourselves and our members on the need to build a new Haiti that is self sufficient and one where the popular masses can flourish instead of being terrorised by Haitian and foreign governments.  The education of our members in builiding our consciousness is of upmost importance and to this end we meet regularly every two weeks to discuss matters of the coop, issues of what is happening in Haitian politics and to understand our lives better.
  5. CHAL is open to everyone and we do not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orentiation, health status [HIV/TB, on gender, religion, or on anything else.   We believe in working in harmony with our environment, reclaiming our dignity as Haitians, and being self-sufficient.

CHANJEM LESON

The beginning

From January 12, 2010, thousands of earthquake victims found refuge in two large adjoining fields, which later formed the AIDA [Acra] and Adoquin camps. At the beginning people simply found whatever they could to make shelters: plastic sheets, zinc, planks and pieces of wood. Over the weeks more and more people arrived in the camps and found what they could to help themselves. There was no water, no latrines, nothing – we would go days without washing and we went to the toilet where we could. For women this was a very dangerous time and there were rapes, fights, stealing – all kinds of violence took place every day and night. And we were also afraid of more quakes. All the time for months, the ground would shake and we did not know what would disturb us – rapists, thieves or more quakes.

With all of this taking place many of us had lost our families and our friends in the earthquake. People lost their children, their parents and many times they were buried forever in the rubble. It was terrible knowing your mother, father, brother, sister or children were somewhere underneath a huge pile of rubble. We all came from different neighborhoods and did not always know each other. It was very hard.

It was nearly three months before we finally managed to get some proper tarps and tents from the NGOS and only because by then we had some organisation and some of the leaders went to the NGOs looking for tents and other supplies. In the first days we had to queue for food and water from NGOs like Oxfam. We had to leave what little we had at the camp and queue for hours. Police and soldiers would harass you in the queue, people would harass you, everything was difficult and some days we would have no food to eat.

The first problem we had was we needed to organize ourselves and find people to represent the camp which was increasing in numbers every day. It was very difficult with everyone fighting each other but we managed to select Elie Jean-Louis who went to find help from different NGOs to get tents, tarps and water. But the NGOs took a long time to help us and it was only through our own struggles we were able to get some things for the camp. The next problem was set up a committee and organize the camp in an official way and this took a long time but eventually we were able to do so. Now the camp which has around 6,000 families and 32,000 people is represented through an organisation called CHANJEM LESON [CHAL] which is made up of various committees including a women’s organisation called Fanm Korevi Fanm [FAKOF] – Women and girls make up the majority in the camp at 52%. See below – “Camp Management”.

Organization

The work of the various committees is to work in the interest of the camp residents and the interests of Haiti –

“We love each other, we love Haiti and we have a big plan”.

The plan is for a small village. We would ask the government to offer us a piece of land where we can build new homes. We do not ask for charity. Each family will pay over 10 years for their house so we are asking the government to loan us the land and build the houses. This is our main struggle.

At the same time we have not just been sitting and waiting for something to happen. We have created a community in the camps. We have organized 13 small schools where all the teachers are volunteers. Many of the children in the camp do go to school but some cannot afford to pay so these schools are for them and for anyone. We also have classes for adults so they too can learn to read and write.

Many of the camp residents have contracted cholera and some have died. Each time this happens we take people to the hospital – we are lucky as there is a MSF cholera center nearby at Delmas 33. We also clean the tents and help the families  with finding food  for those who do not have jobs or cannot work due to ill health. We settle disputes between neighbours and between husbands and wives. We do not support violence of any kind and especially violence against women and we have organized for 10 men from each block to patrol the camp.  With these actions,  we have managed to reduce violence against women in the camps. Where there are acts of violence the committees can report the matter to the authorities. We do not like to do this but sometimes it is necessary.

We have just finished building a new school which we already use for our art class and camp workshop. We will also use this building for computer training. At the moment we only have two laptops and need at least 6 more as well as a battery and inverter as electricity is poor. We need some specialized sewing machines for making the shoes and bags as well as art equipment.   We have been experimenting with making jewelry from recycled paper, coconuts and beads; sandals from recycled tires and crochet twine, bags and hand painted T-shirts and we hope soon we will be able to begin to sell our products. Everybody is welcome to come to the art class and workshops which are open every day for women, girls, boys and men, young and old.

Life in the camp is not easy and becomes more and more difficult as time passes. It is now three years since we have been forced to live in these camps. Still there is no water, there are no clinics in the camps. Cooking is dangerous as the tents are too close and we are afraid of fires. We are tired of living in the camps and in tents. Our children get sick from the tarps and there are other illnesses mostly from lack of water such as a lot of dirreahea, vaginal infections, worms and eye infections. When the rains come it is worse as everywhere is flooded and the ground turns to mud.

“We believe education [no instruction] is the key to our liberation. We want to have a new revolution, not of guns and war but a revolution of culture, a revolution of tradition…. We speak a language of revolution, Kreyol which has taken 200 years to build and many have died but we are forced to learn and speak in French. This is why we have chosen a new flag for Haiti – Black for the Haitian people and Red for the blood of those who have died.”

Camp management

Block Acra has four blocks and four committees; each committee has a chairperson.
Block Adoquin has nine blocks and nine committees, each committee has a chairperson. 
In summary, for the two main parts, we have thirteen chairpersons and thirteen committees.

Achievements of the organization for the benefit of the population
- Mediation between NGOs, visitors and the population
- Establishment of thirteen traditional and professional schools
- Development of a credit building plan for victims
- Maintain and ensure materials and services for the population, such as the purchase of water, sanitation, collecting of waste, emergency transport of patients to hospital etc …
- We now have a website and Facebook page.

NB: for the block KOREVI-E (Komite Refijye Vilaj Elijah) we have a school which is funded by Rotary Canada, SOPUDEP and the committee is represented by Jean-Louis Elijah Joseph.

Traditional School, options: first (1) second (2), third (3) year basic
Vocational school, options: crafts, embroidery, macramé, crochet, computing, english
School for the elderly, and young people who are illiterate.

Our urgent needs
- Meeting with the President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Michel Joseph Martelly
- Meeting with the head of government, His Excellence, Laurent Lamothe Salvador
- The Diplomatic Corps
- Human rights organizations
- Civil Society
- The Haitian Private Sector
- Organization of an international conference on the issue of victims living in tents; presentation of a sustainable solution, which is the plan to build housing with credit, carried out by the victims themselves.

Présentation du camp ACRA, ADOQUIN de Delmas 33, Port-au-Prince, Haïti

Dès le 12 janvier 2010, les victimes se refuge sur ce terrain qui était boiser a l’époque.

13 janvier 2010 les gens se mettre à construire des abris sous la pression des répliques du séisme criminel.

Le camp se divise en deux grandes parties : ACRA et ADOQUIN

La gestion du Camp.

Le bloc Acra compte : quatre blocs et quatre Comites, chaque comité a un président.

Le bloc Adoquin compte : neuf  blocs et neuf comites, chaque comité a un président

En résumé, pour les deux grandes parties on a treize présidents et treize.

Pour mieux gérer le camp on a mis sur pied une organisation qui regroupe tous les présidents des comités, qui se nomme CHAL (Chanjem Leson) une structure qui apporte la revendication des victimes qui est : Maison a Crédit, Travail, Crédit.

Une organisation de femme a pris naissance sur le camp, en vue d’apporter une réponse favorable aux revendications des femmes ; qui se nomme : FAKOF ( Fanm Korevi Fanm)et qui a une représentante par bloc.

Densité de la population

Le camp Acra et Adoquin compte actuellement environs, six mille familles soit 32.000 personnes environs.

Femme 52% et enfants féminines

Hommes 48% et enfants masculines

Réalisations de l’organisation au profit de la population

  • Médiation entre les ONGs , des visiteurs et la population
  • Atterrissage de treize écoles classiques et professionnelles
  • Elaboration d’un plan de construction à crédit pour les victimes
  • Assurer la maintenance des matérielles au profit de la population, par exemple l’achat de l’eau, assainissement, ramassage d’ordure, transport d’urgence des malades à l’hôpital etc…
  • Un site web, finance par madame SOKA.  http://www.chanjemleson.wordpress.com

N.b, pour le bloc KOREVI-E (Komite Refijye Vilaj Elie) nous avons une école qui est financé par Rotary de Canada, SOPUDEP et le comité qui est représenté par JN LOUIS Elie Joseph.

Ecole classique, options : première(1), Deuxième (2), Troisième (3) année fondamentale

Ecole professionnelle, options : Artisanat, Broderie, Macramé, crochet, Informatique, Anglais

Ecole pour les vieillards, et les jeunes qui  sont analphabètes.

Nos besoins urgent

  • Rencontre avec le président de la république d’Haïti, son excellence Monsieur Michel Joseph MARTELLY
  • Rencontre avec le chef du gouvernement son excellence, Monsieur Laurent Salvador LAMOTHE
  • Le corps Diplomatique
  • Les organisations des droits Humains
  • La Société Civile
  • Le secteur Privé Haïtien
  • Organisation d’une conférence internationale, sur la problématique des victimes vivant sous les tentes ;  présentation d’une solution durable, qui est le plan de construction habitat à crédit, réaliser par les victimes eux même.

Camp Acra Nord Adoquin, Delmas 33,

Email: chanjemleson@yahoo.fr

Phone: +509 36888228 / 36259379 /36888712

Please consider supporting Chanjem Leson.  Whilst we insist on maintaining our autonomy we accept support and donations in solidarity.  To donate please email us and we will respond.

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