December 8th, 2011- Inside temporary building of SHAA still under construction. Building blocks are installed on the floor.
SHAA is located in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, and has been active for almost 60 years with the objective of assisting the visually impaired to become self-sufficient and promote their social participation. Before the earthquake, this facility was equipped with a reference room with a sound system and a space for teaching how to use white canes, and the staff members conducted activities to support over a hundred people with visual impairments aged from 4 to 24 years old. SHAA also held workshops and other advocacy activities for residents in the neighborhood in order to deepen their understanding of visual disabilities.
June 30th, 2011- Original building of SHAA damaged by the earthquake. Fearing a collapse, there was no choice but reconstruction.
December 21st, 2011- AAR JAPAN Haiti Office staff members Tetsuo MARUYAMA (left) and Chiaki FURUKAWA (right) donated white canes to Director of SHAA, Michel PEAN (center).
Restoring Safe Environments for Children
July 2nd, 2011- FEFOBDELM after the disaster. The ceiling had collapsed, and the classes were taught under plastic sheets.
AAR JAPAN undertook a refurbishment project for the entire building and installed a temporary facility with 4 classrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen. We also donated textbooks and uniforms to encourage children to study. A hallway that had been facing a steep cliff used to be a source of concern for potential accidents, but it has now been reconditioned as a multi-purpose space where everyone can play safely.
October 29th, 2011- AAR JAPAN Haiti Office staff member, Keiko NAKAMURA (second from right) surrounded by children full of smiles and Director of FEFOBDELM, Ms. Davius JOANNE.
AAR JAPAN Will Continue to Assist PWDs in Haiti