Redefining Current Practices in Humanitarian Aid


Cultural Understanding







Who We Are

Peacebuilding Solutions (PS) was founded by a group of like-minded individuals who realized there might be a better way to ensure that people in need of humanitarian aid are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. In the course of our research, we were exposed to a great deal of research showing the lack of accountability, transparency, and effectiveness of both non-profit organizations and intergovernmental organizations. As global citizens, we felt it was our duty and obligation to help those who, through no fault of their own, are unable to help themselves. We refuse to live in a society that does not take care of those most in need; and if that society is failing those people, it is up to us to step up and affect change.

At PS, we feel that those who do not attempt to make themselves a part of the community they wish to serve will never fully understand the needs of the community, nor gain the trust of those in need. Sharing the water and breaking bread with a community creates bonds of trust and respect that can never be bought with money. Sharing in the triumphs and sacrifices of a community is the most effective method of engaging in long-lasting, positive interventions. As we engage in various aid projects around the world, this is exactly what we plan to do. Most importantly, we understand that we don’t have all the answers. The vital question we ask is: “How can we help you?” and we’re much better able to get an answer if we live near or even among those we serve.

Our Community-based Solutions in Haiti

Peacebuilding Solutions operates with a simple, yet revolutionary, humanitarian aid model. Put simply, we let the needs of the community dictate how we deliver aid. This means acting in way so as to empower in the long-term the communities we serve rather than add to the cycle of dependence by focusing on short-term, contract projects. In Haiti, we began by taking numerous research trips to visit communities of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the many agencies working with them. On these trips we asked questions and listened a lot more than we spoke and in so doing we developed trust within the IDP community in Gressier, which we’d selected for our pilot project. We also spent time making local contacts, from western aid workers to local drivers and translators and we would use those contacts to help us in our efforts. Once we felt that we had enough information to understand the needs of the Gressier IDP community and the capacity to help them, we traveled to Haiti a fifth time to deliver and personally distribute goats, tarps, school supplies, toiletries, shoes, and tools – all of which were purchased in Haiti from Haitian merchants - with the intention and understanding that these things would help empower both the Gressier IDP community and Haitians living outside of it as well. We also installed rainwater collection systems and donated water purifiers so that they might have consistent access to their own clean water for the first time in five years. At every step of the way, we spoke with leaders in the Gressier IDP community to assess their needs and desires and we continue to maintain contact with them as we move forward with planning the next phase of aid delivery in Haiti.

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