On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm devastated southern Haiti. Soon after the storm, the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED) based in Port-au-Prince Haiti implemented a post-disaster study in the most affected areas of Grande-Anse and Sud. The general goal of this long-term study is to use a variety of methods to understand and document the methods and local resources communities utilize to rebuild their lives following a disaster.
Supported by a grant from the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas at the University of Miami, Media for Change (MfC) is working with INURED in video documentation of the larger project. MfC team members Sanjeev Chatterjee and Gonzalo Mejia and working closely with INURED’s Dr. Herns Marcelin and Dr. Toni Cela on this ongoing project.
Community members in three communities of the study were trained in video documentation. 3 Zoom Q4N cameras were provided to community members who are now visually documenting their efforts to rebuild. They conduct interviews and gather visual evidence of the work being undertaken on a regular basis. The digital material is then sent to INURED headquarters where all materials are logged and tagged. The material then comes to Miami where an archive is being currently organized and short films are being created for various academic and informational purposes.
-INURED report AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW, Resources, Capacities and Equitable Recovery of Devastated Communities in Haiti
The goal of this study is to better understand how communities muster internal/local resources in their efforts to recover and reconstruct after a disaster. This information can be crucial for external aid organizations to better align their efforts with affected communities. To read INURED’s initial report click here.