Improvement of Rural Housing in Haiti to Withstand Hurricanes

In 1980 Hurricane Allen brushed along the southern coast of Haiti and did considerable damage to several communities. Although damage was relatively light, Allen demonstrated that the majority of housing in the area is extremely vulnerable to high winds. Should a major hurricane strike the southern peninsula directly, hundreds of lives could be jeopardized and thousands of buildings could be totally destroyed. The realization of this fact led OXFAM to consider what could be done to protect people and property in the south of Haiti and what reconstruction strategies could be taken in the event of another hurricane.