Haiti: Three Years Later
Prior to the earthquake in 2012, the United Nations had reported that 70 percent of Haitians were living in poverty, making Haiti one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
These conditions were further exacerbated by the disaster, and the political unrest, storms, floods, and major cholera epidemic that followed.
In the days, weeks, months, and now years that have followed, Plan has been working to provide immediate aid to those affected.
After three years, Plan has made significant progress. People have moved out of tents and camps to more permanent residences, half of the rubble has been cleared, more people in the country have been working and building income, and tens of thousands of children have to returned to school.
Through Plan’s emergency response programs, we have:
- Provided more than 22,000 people with tents and basic living provisions
- Enabled more than 33,000 children to return to school
- Deployed health workers to cholera-prone areas, reaching more than 400,000 people affected by the disease
Even though Plan has made significant progress in Haiti, our recovery work is far from over. Our work in the country will continue, shifting from a prolonged period of emergency response to long-term development and recovery.
On the third anniversary of the earthquake, Plan will focus on the following long-term initiatives:
- Education: Advising the government to make girls’ education a priority.
- Improving the Lives of Girls: Plan Haiti is working with the Haitian government to promote full social participation for Haitian girls. This includes creating and promoting campaigns that focus on education, gender-based violence, early pregnancy, and employment rights. Many Haitian government officials have supported and participated in the global launch of Plan’s Because I am a Girl initiative.
- Birth Registration: Plan is working in partnership with the Haitian government's Ministry of Justice and other organizations to enforce effective universal birth registration. This legal recognition of a child’s identity will help to reduce child trafficking and tackle child abuse.
- Health: After the passage of tropical storms Isaac and Sandy which affected more than 2,000 households and killed 62 people, Plan is working with the Directorate of Civil Protection to assess the situation with the aim to protect the population from cholera and other common diseases. The work will be implemented through our water, sanitation and hygiene work, and other health programs.
By making a donation to our Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund, you will help us continue to support communities in crisis, just like those in Haiti. When families and children are in their time of greatest need, your support can help them regain normalcy, rebuild their homes, and renew hope. Be a part of it.