We have developed an International Cooperation project based on one of the programmes for “Prevention and Health” and “Auto-sustainable Development” of the NGO Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters) Haiti, in collaboration with their offices in other countries.
In Haiti, child nutrition has been severely affected by the crisis of the last few years. The food NPH served to children lacked meat content (they were only given chicken once a week), which meant they had to give additional supplements to children with protein deficiencies.
With the aim of improving this protein consumption, the NGO decided to create a fish farm within their facilities. This would simultaneously promote the economic and social autonomy of the Haitian women via a fish production and commercialisation programme in Port-au-Prince. Once the fish production was consolidated, part of the produce would be shared among the children housed by NPH, while the rest would be distributed using the network of fish vendors created within the local markets of the capital.
The NGO had 27 metallic containers, of which 17 were already on-site. One of the conditions of the project was to reuse all the containers to create useful spaces for the children in their centres. As not all of them were required for the fish farm, the rest were used to create educational and play spaces for the children, along with an urban vegetable garden to be tended by the local women.