When the Haitian coastal town of Anse du Clerc was devastated by Hurricane Mathew, its residents returned to find their homes reduced to rubble.
In March 2017, WATO embarked on a joint expedition with the Dr. Louis G. Lamothe Foundation to encourage the revival of the local fishing economy.
Currently the Anse du Clerc depend entirely for their livelihood on fish and the activity plays a major role in the eradication of poverty in the community by providing employment and food security. WATO distributed one hundred solar powered freezers to help the fishermen and women merchants grow from subsistence fishing to commercial levels. The coolers allow the fish to be preserved correctly and a way for locals to transport their fish in a safe manner to the nearby market and fetch better prices.
WATO also took the opportunity to host a workshop and a series of interviews with members of the local fishing association. Due to a lack of credit facilities the fishing community cannot afford modern fishing equipment or engines. The Haiti visit is the first part of a series of concerted actions to be taken by WATO in order to rebuild the Anse du Clerc community and stimulate fishing entrepreneurship.