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Progress in Haiti Three Years After the Earthquake

Nigel Chapman, CEO of Plan International, speaking to one of the workers in Haiti
Nigel Chapman, CEO of Plan International, speaking to one of the workers in Haiti
January 4, 2013

Road to Recovery

Plan has announced that it is shifting the focus of its work in Haiti to a recovering and rebuilding mode after a prolonged period of emergency response.

The 2010 earthquake killed more than 300,000 people and was followed by political unrest, storms, floods and a major cholera epidemic.

“The road to recovery will be a long one but Plan is here for the long haul. We must ensure the country is not forgotten and we will do all possible to continue to help the people of Haiti recover and rebuild,” said Chief Executive Officer of the UK-based Plan International, Nigel Chapman.

Plan Haiti’s Country Director John Chaloner said that “the emergency response has taken longer than anticipated because we were up against the odds but we are satisfied that we have turned the corner and can now turn our attention to long term development.” That development in the immediate future will focus on equal education for all, full participation for girls in society, birth registration for every baby, and health education to combat cholera and other common diseases.

Plan's Response

During the past three years Plan has helped more than 31,000 children return to school; built 257 classrooms which are earthquake and hurricane resistant; provided psychosocial support to more than 12,000 children, provided cash-for-work programs for more than 36,000 people; provided houses for 100 women, with young children, who lost their husbands in the earthquake; and reached more than 400,000 people in its emergency cholera response work.

Other pressing issues remain for the country such as the reconstruction of government buildings and access to land for Haitians to rebuild their homes.

Learn more about Plan's work in Haiti

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