World Vision deployed its global rapid response team to work with World Vision Haiti staff already on the ground. World Vision Haiti staff acted immediately, working around the clock to provide emergency shelter, food and medical treatment.
The first six months saw thousands of children in camps benefit from early childhood education, mothers and babies receive nutritional support, and people suffering depression receive psycho-social support. People in camps received free health care via clinics, and food, water and relief item distributions continued.
One year on, as emergency supplies were still being distributed, World Vision launched transitional shelter projects for thousands of families. Staff responded around the nation to a cholera outbreak and also assisted communities prepare for hurricane season.
World Vision’s emergency response continued tirelessly for three years. It was a response characterised by immense challenges, from land tenure issues and political instability to extreme weather, but undeniable progress was made:
- more than 2.5 million were people supplied with emergency food in the initial phase of the response
- more than 40,000 families provided with emergency shelter, and long-lasting transitional shelters for over 14,600 people
- close to 11,000 people were transitioned out of World Vision managed camps and offered education, livelihood support and life skills and business training to help families rebuild their lives
- 7,700 children were cared for in 30 camp-based play and educational centres, and more than 1,000 children were reunited with their families
- 14 hospitals were equipped with life-saving supplies, enabling them to treat 412,500 cases of injury and illness
- Drinking water was supplied to 56 camps and communities, and we worked with 68 Water Point Committees to ensure community ownership of local water supplies
- 90,000 people were given access to mobile latrines and 132,000 people had a hygienic place to shower
- 600,000 people were provided with essential household supplies, such as tarps, blankets, mosquito nets and flashlights.
World Vision has been working in Haiti for more than 30 years and runs 20 long-term development programs across five regions, supporting more than 300,000 people. The organisation is committed to working with Haitians to contribute to Haiti’s recovery in the long term.
World Vision Australia launched an appeal to provide assistance with relief efforts in Haiti and the generosity of Australians let World Vision contribute to ‘building back better’ in Port-au-Prince and surrounds. We are no longer calling for public donations for Haiti, but our Disaster Ready fund helps us to prepare for similar emergencies wherever they may strike.