Earthquake in Haiti: 2 years on
Two years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti and thousands of children and their families are still receiving support from Plan, thanks to the generosity of our donors.
In the past two years, Plan has:
- Provided more than 22,000 people with tents and basic living provisions in the direct aftermath of the earthquake;
- Supported more than 31,000 children to return to school;
- Built 257 classrooms in Jacmel and Croix-des-Bouquets;
- Provided access to psycho-social support to more than 14,000 people (12,000 being children);
- Ensured 124,000 children were vaccinated for measles, diphtheria, and tetanus;
- Provided work for more than 36,000 people to strengthen the post-earthquake economic capacity of families;
- Partnered with the Irish NGO Haven to provide 100 wooden houses to mothers with young children who lost their husbands during the earthquake;
- Conducted a series of public health and hygiene campaigns, and deployed health-brigades to cholera-prone areas, reaching more than 400,000 people affected by the disease.
Although much has been achieved following the disaster there is still much to do. Some 500,000 people continue to live in temporary shelters - many of them children.
“Haiti is a very young nation with around half of its population aged under 18. There are many vulnerable young people at risk if we allow this to become 2010’s forgotten crisis,” said Plan’s director in Haiti, John Chaloner.
“Many of them in the camps lack the most basic of resources, proper support and protection. This resilient young generation needs continued support in quality education and employment to give them real hope for the future and the opportunities they deserve.”
Plan believes the government of Haiti must fulfill its responsibility and take leadership on shelter, healthcare, education and economic growth. But with the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere still struggling to rebuild, the challenge is major.
Plan’s work will now focus on 3 areas:
- Safe, quality education and opportunities for young people;
- Full social participation for Haitian girls - this includes campaigns targeting education, gender based violence, youth pregnancy and work rights;
- Birth registration – to enable young people to participate and benefit from services such as education, as well as helping to reduce child trafficking and tackle child abuse.
Read the full two year report: Haiti Two Years After: Successes, Challenges and Priorities