Monday 12 July 2010
On 12 January 2010, an earthquake struck Haiti, devastating the nation’s capital and creating one of the most complex urban disasters in decades. More than 220,000 people were killed and 330,000 injured. An estimated 3 million men, women and children – one in three Haitians – were affected. With the world’s attention turned to Haiti, World Vision supporters from across the globe responded, giving generously. As a result, World Vision has implemented programs across multiple sectors to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of survivors.
The crisis remains enormous, the task daunting, but progress has been made.
Snapshot of how World Vision has assisted during the first 6 months:
- Provided 16.8 million litres of clean water including weekly provision of 2 million litres of treated water in 23 camps.
- Implemented water and sanitation activities in 28 camps, including constructing hundreds of toilets and showers and promoting hygiene.
- Provided ongoing support to some 120,000 people, distributing tarpaulins, tents, kitchen sets, blankets, mats, footlockers, and other household items.
- Distributed food to more than 1.86 million people.
- Assisted 7,730 children each week in 22 Child-Friendly Spaces in camps in the greater Port-au-Prince area, Central Plateau, and in the border area with the Dominican Republic.
- Opened 5 mobile and five static health clinics, serving 15 camps, and more than 11,000 people.
- Registered more than 760 children separated from their families during the earthquake, through the family tracing and reunification unit; more than 80 children have been reunited with their families.
And yet the needs remain great.
Now, agencies like World Vision begin to move towards more sustainable solutions – helping people to find more transitional solutions to shelter and recover old, or establish new, economic livelihoods.
The emergency in Haiti is ongoing – with some 1.5 million homeless persons at risk of hunger, violence, and disease. If a tropical hurricane strikes while Haiti is still in recovery, the “secondary disaster” could be devastating, compounding the problems of an already beleaguered country. The number of homeless could increase, making them far more vulnerable to heavy rain.
Agencies are acting now to mitigate these risks, prepositioning emergency supplies and reinforcing temporary shelters with new tarps and poles, while paying Haitian men and women to dig trenches, thereby easing the effects of heavy rains.
The mammoth task of reconstructing Haiti is now underway, with the Haitian Government and development partners beginning projects in major areas to rebuild the institutions, infrastructure and society of Haiti.
World Vision Australia thanks donors for their continuing support during Haiti’s recovery process.
To see the full details of the World Vision Haiti Response, download A Call to Action: Haiti at 6 months.
You can continue to assist the people of Haiti by donating to the Haiti earthquake appeal.