Haiti is facing a terrible combination of emergencies all at once. With the assassination of President Moïse, the political situation is extremely fragile, and gang violence is increasing. COVID-19 has brought health services in the country to its knees. With soaring food prices, hunger is widespread.
And now, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14 — yet another devastating emergency — is taking a massive toll on girls and their families. The death toll has risen to more than 2,000 people, with thousands more injured, and both counts continue to climb. Tropical Storm Grace has brought more destruction to the country, including increased damage and suffering in the areas impacted by the earthquake.
Child traffickers thrive in the chaos after an emergency. Many girls and boys become separated from their families. Education can be permanently interrupted. And girls are at greater risk of gender-based violence.
Plan is urgently working to assess the needs of children in Haiti who have been impacted by this recent earthquake, and we are on standby, ready to provide support. Our experience shows that when girls and young women are engaged in disaster response, communities recover more quickly. We’re aiming to lend that knowledge to partners on the ground in Haiti, ensuring support reaches the people who need it most and makes a true impact. Based on what we learned from global responses to Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Plan is properly assessing the immediate needs of the communities and intending to coordinate with organizations that can help us effectively respond. But to move forward and help children in crises, we need your support now.