Natural disasters are not uncommon in Haiti: In 2010 a catastrophic earthquake destroyed the Don Bosco School Riobé in Gressier. And hurricane Matthew left a trail of devastation in the south west of the island in 2016. Recovery is slow.
WACKER collaborates with the Don Bosco aid organization in Haiti, which implemented a four-phase plan to help the population in the aftermath of the hurricane. As a first emergency measure, food and clean drinking water were provided. In the reconstruction phase, Don Bosco supplied affected families with building materials to repair their homes. The third phase focused on agriculture, helping the Southwest restore their position as the bread basket of Haiti. Farmers received seedlings and agricultural equipment. The last phase was aimed at the training needed for rebuilding the country. At the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Les Cayes, 300 young people were given grants for courses in farming, metalwork, construction and carpentry.