Progressio development worker Gabriel Petit-Homme (back, centre) and Michel Edouard Alcime (left) from partner organisation Solidarite Fwontalye, with farmers from community organisation Kòdinasyon Peyizan Lamin (photo © Fran Afonso/Progressio)
Centro Bonó is a Jesuit Social Centre promoting inter-cultural exchanges and the empowerement of marginalized groups. Their work focuses on research and advocacy on social, fiscal and inmigration policies, promotion of Human Rights, and education and training.
CERFAS (the Centre for Research, Reflection, Education and Social Action) aims to promote reflection and action aimed at social transformation, with emphasis on the most vulnerable sectors of the population. CERFAS's mission is to contribute to the reconstruction of Haitian society by supporting public officials and civil society organisations through research, promotion, training and advocacy. Progressio is supporting CERFAS with the systematic monitoring of and reflection on actions taken by various national and international actors in post-earthquake reconstruction.
Ciudad Alternativa: is dedicated to urban transformation, reflected in its mission: "for an inclusive city and with popular participation", vocation and role of being a supporting and encouraging institution for social community-based organizations. Ciudad Alternativa promotes the empowerment of urban social movement actors and citizens to jointly influence urban, national and local public policies that guarantee the right of people to the city and decent housing, as well as formulates and promotes the implementation of alternative management models of housing and habitat, based on participatory design and construction to financing and cooperative management.
Elías Piña City Council (Mayor's Office): the Mayor is developing a series of initiatives to promote the socio-economic development of the border area on both the Haitian and Dominican sides.
FEDOMU (the Dominican Federation of Municipalities) supports municipalities so as to achieve better, more efficient, transparent, and participatory management of local government services. Its objective is to offer technical assistance and support institutional strengthening in relation to planning, gender issues, and participatory budgeting, amongst others.
FUNCAR (Foundation for the cultural exchange between the people of the Caribbean)- Centro Puente: Non-for-profit organization working for the sustainable human development of the people of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Its activities include: support to artisan women and market sellers, micro-credit and family saving schemes, work with street children and marginalized groups, etc.
Jesús Peregrino Centre, is a member of the Scalabrinian Congregation of the Saint Carlos Borromeo Sisters (ASCALA), a religious institute of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1895, it works supporting migrant communities in 27 countries. In the Dominican Republic, it has been working since 1991, supporting the most disadvantaged migrant communities in the country, particularty the Haitians in the bateyes of the Eastern regions of the DR.
MUDHA (Dominican-Haitian Women Movement) was founded in 1983 by a group of Dominican women of Haitian descent living in the bateyes (shantytowns) in DR. Their mission is to improve the living conditions of these communities, especially their women and children, through health, education and civil and human rights programmes.
Solidaridad Fronteriza is a Jesuit organisation located in Dajabón, Dominican Republic. It works to promote bi-national community development based on respect for human rights. It aims to build solidarity among Dominican-Haitian border towns, and to enhance the dignity and self-esteem of rural people and people living in the border area by involving them in the process of developing their own integrated, self-managed, and sustainable communities. The main areas of work are the protection of human rights, in particular rights of migrants, women's empowerment, capacity building and the promotion of food security through agriculture with an agro-ecological approach.
Solidarite Fwontalye is a Jesuit organisation working in Ouanaminthe (Haiti), which is located on the northern border with the Dominican Republic. Its vision is to promote respect for human rights, especially for migrants living on the border. Whilst championing rights is key to its work, the organisation also aims to improve migrants’ living standards so as to ensure decent and legal conditions. A key focus is to strengthen grassroots organisations so that they can contribute to natural resource management that enables sustainable agricultural production and mitigates the negative effects of climate change.