Phœnix of Gaïa

PHŒNIX OF GAÏA

Project Rhea – Haiti

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Environmental protection agents

Haïti : Critical situation for the environment and the economy

In Haiti, there is a close correlation between the socio-economic and political situation and the deterioration of the environment in the country.

With an unemployment rate of 55 to 60% of the active population and an average annual income not exceeding $300, all sectors combined, the population lives in a situation of extreme precariousness.

Less legal practices, more at risk and especially more harmful for the environment such as intensive deforestation, the invasion of parks and the exploitation of protected lands, are often fallback solutions to meet the needs of families.

ECOLOGICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY, THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES ARE MANY:

  • POOR LAND MANAGEMENT,

  • OVEREXPLOITATION OF RESOURCES,

  • ALARMING WATER AND SOIL POLLUTION.

The situation of women in Haiti: injustices and inequalities aggravated in case of lack of education

As in most underdeveloped and developing countries, women suffer the harsher consequences of this precarious situation; less economic and social opportunities compared to men, extra hours of work against very low wages (women earn, on average, 32% less than men).

This situation of marginalization even extends to land and land ownership, which unfortunately is often reserved for men.

In Haiti, poverty affects women more than men. Women are thus obliged to engage in peasant and mercantile labor under painful conditions and with a small margin of profit in order to support their families, while also taking care of domestic tasks.

As for women who are unemployed and without material resources, they are more often victims of violence and marginalization.

An Education and Employment Program Exclusively for Haitian Women

OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO BRING WOMEN FIRST AS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENTS AND AUTONOMOUS AND ACTIVE PLAYERS IN SOCIETY.

It is essential to break this vicious circle and reverse the trend by promoting both the protection of the environment and resources on the one hand and the education, training and work of women on the other . And make this vision a driver of economic and social change.

A central place for Haitians women in a sustainable future

With this in mind, AZOTH offers a program exclusively for women: intensive academic and professional training of 600 hours spread over 16 weeks.

These agents will have for principal roles; protecting and safeguarding their natural heritage while working in close collaboration with local communities to help them value the fauna and flora, raise their awareness of the environmental cause and fight poverty by creating employment opportunities.

During the training, a monthly allowance equivalent to that of a police officers will allow future female officers to be more independent and financially independent. Over the long term, with an annual income, this training will guarantee women a more stable future and, as a result, more security for them and their families. This far-reaching project on the whole of society is an innovative project putting women at the center of the protection of the environment.

Haiti will be the first nation to benefit from the Rhea project. In partnership with the Haitian authorities, the goal is to form a team of 100 women who will protect a national park of 30km2 located south of Port-au-Prince. In the future, two other parks could benefit from Project Rhea – Haiti. Indeed, thanks to the training and expertise of these pioneers, they would become, instructors, giving them the opportunity to train, in turn, other women.

THIS PHŒNIX OF GAÏA TRAINING EXCLUSIVELY FOR WOMEN IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF BUILDING A TEAM OF WOMEN ACTING TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCES.

A PROJECT FOR ECOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT !

BY CARRYING OUT THIS PROJECT, OUR ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE IS TO SHOW THAT THE RECONSTRUCTION OF NATURAL LANDSCAPE, THE PRESERVATION OF WILDLIFE AND FLORA AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN MAY BE MORE THAN CAUSES TO DEFEND…

Like the model of the Akashinga (the brave ones); a troop that brings together dozens of wildlife protection officers in Zimbabwe, we firmly believe that the mission of protecting the environment concerns us all and that women are able to be excellent protectors of the Earth.

Finally, in addition to the ecological, social and economic significance of this project, an educational and community component will be set up so that Haitians women can take control of their future and develop their environment and their community.