Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 Jan 2010 affected almost 3.5 million people, including the entire population of 2.8 million people living in the capital, Port-au- Prince. The Government of Haiti estimates that the earthquake killed 222,570 and injured another 300,572 people. Displacement peaked at close to 2.3 million people, including 302,000 children. At least 188,383 houses were badly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake. Sixty per cent of Government and administrative buildings, 80 per cent of schools in Port-au-Prince and 60 per cent of schools in the South and West Departments were destroyed or damaged. Total earthquake-related loss is estimated at $7.8 billion, equivalent to more than 120 per cent of Haiti’s 2009 gross domestic product. (UN General Assembly, 2 Sep 2011)
According to the Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti 2014 an estimated 172,000 people remained internally displaced in Haiti in 306 camps at the end of 2013, almost four years after the earthquake. Basic services in camps, including WASH and health, had declined faster than the pace of return or relocation of the displaced. 16,377 displaced families living in 52 camps were considered at high risk of forced evictions. Almost 80,000 people lived in 67 camps considered to be at particularly high risk of flooding, with an additional 30 camps at additional environmental risks.
By mid-2014, an estimated 104,000 people remained internally displaced in 172 camps. Almost 70,000 IDPs were not currently targeted by any return or relocation programs. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2014) By Sep, 85,432 people remained internally displaced in 123 camps. (IOM, 8 Oct 2014)
Construction workers are in great demand in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010. Skills, on the other hand, are in short supply.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (ILO news) – “Growing up, our family never had a home we could call our own. We couldn’t afford to build one,” said Odette Buzy, one of the few women working in construction in Haiti.
As a child, Buzy dreamt of working in construction so that one day she would be able to build a home for her family. Today, her dream is coming true.
GENEVA (ILO News) - The Government of Brazil and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have announced the launch of a three-year programme aimed at enhancing the capacity of countries to respond to social and natural disasters.
The joint programme - to be developed by the ILO Training Centre in Turin - will seek to improve the capacity-building of countries in humanitarian assistance, train them on the prevention of natural and social disasters, and help them deal with post-crisis recoveries.
The first beneficiaries of the programme will be Haiti, Niger, the Occupied …
GENÈVE (Nouvelles du BIT) - Le gouvernement du Brésil et l'Organisation internationale du Travail (OIT) ont annoncé le lancement d'un programme de trois ans destiné à renforcer les capacités des pays à répondre aux catastrophes naturelles et sociales.
Le programme conjoint - qui sera élaboré par le Centre de formation de l'OIT à Turin - aura trois objectifs: améliorer le renforcement des capacités des pays dans le domaine de l'assistance humanitaire, les former à la prévention des catastrophes naturelles et sociales, et les aider à gérer le redressement après la …
Today, on World Teachers' Day, we pay homage to all teachers for their pivotal role in shaping children's lives and for their critical contribution to the social, economic and intellectual development of nations. Teachers are change agents, providing the impetus for the emergence of educated communities.
Many teachers work in extremely challenging circumstances, serving in communities with high rates of poverty, coping with violence within and outside the classroom, or confronting the demoralizing impact of HIV and AIDS on colleagues, students and families.
The ILO is currently in the process of deploying two teams to respond to the HAITI earthquake in Port-au-Prince (Haiti). The initial response is based on the approved immediate response plan that can be found here.