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12 Jan 2015 description
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23 Aug 2012 description
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By Chris on August 22, 2012

In response to Deborah Sontag’s investigative report on the state of housing for earthquake survivors in Haiti, I wanted to expound on why building permanent homes is so challenging and revisit the idea of transitional shelters (T-shelters) and repairing damaged homes as ways to provide shelter for the homeless after a disaster.

05 Jun 2012 description
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By Cathyh

It is beautiful here in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. That’s not something I imagine many Americans say on their first visit to this city—the poorest in the western hemisphere and home to about 3 million people. I expected it to be ugly, foul-smelling, really hot (which it is), and scary.

12 Jan 2012 description
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January 11, 2012 (SEATTLE) – More than 3,000 families are out of tents and living in homes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with the help of Seattle-based Christian humanitarian organization World Concern and its donors. Another 8,000+ people have been employed and earned income through World Concern’s programs since the devastating 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti two years ago, on January 12, 2010.

09 Jan 2011 description
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by Derek on January 9, 2011

I am glad that the eyes of the world media are scrutinizing what is happening in Haiti one year after the earthquake. Organizations have been stepping up their game in the last couple of months. Everyone wants to look like they've done a lot at the one year mark. After all, more than a billion dollars has been committed.

05 Jan 2011 description
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  • On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti from an epicenter located 10 miles southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince

    - 230,000 Estimated Deaths

    - 2 Million Estimated Displaced Individuals in Haiti

    - 1.6 Million VERIFIED of Displaced Individuals in Settlements

    - 3 Million Estimated Affected Population

    Developments - First Year

    - As of November 19, 2010 (Stats from: USAID and Government of Haiti (GoH)

    o More than 19,000 transitional shelters (t-shelters) have been completed, sufficient to house nearly 96,000 individuals

    o 330,819 of the …

27 Oct 2010 description
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27 Oct 2010 23:56:00 GMT

As the number of confirmed cases of cholera continues to rise in Haiti, Christian humanitarian organization World Concern is preparing its field staff in Haiti to not only protect themselves and their families from illness, but to spread the word to the communities in which they serve on disease prevention strategies.

World Concern field agents have been trained on the disease and preventing its spread, and will, in turn, educate people we serve on how to avoid getting sick.

25 Oct 2010 description
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Situation:

A massive earthquake devastates Haiti January 12th, with the worst damage around capital city Port-au-Prince. The UN estimates 250,000 people were killed.

The Lifeline:

Initially, we provided emergency supplies to 100,000 people. In the coming months, we are helping Haitians fix or construct more than 2,000 homes. Additionally, we are helping families plant gardens and regain jobs. Scott Valentine with SPIRIT 105.3 travelled with World Concern to Haiti in March to see what needed to be done.

25 Oct 2010 description
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Deadly disease is spreading in Haiti. The Haitian government confirmed an outbreak of cholera in the rural Artibonite region of Haiti, and the disease is expected to spread to more areas.The UN says 200 people have died and 2,400 are infected. A few people with cholera have been located and quarantined by health officials in Port-au-Prince.

If cholera spreads in the crowded urban area of Port-au-Prince that happens, the loss of life could be significant, said World Concern President David Eller.

World Concern Health Director Dr.

22 Oct 2010 description
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World Concern Responds to Outbreak of Cholera in Haiti

It's the news everyone has feared since the massive earthquake struck Haiti in January of this year. More than 1,500 people have been hospitalized and 138 have died from an outbreak of cholera in the Artibonite Valley region of Haiti.

01 Oct 2010 description
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World Concern has expanded our efforts into new neighborhoods, after spending the first few months following the earthquake repairing homes and helping business owners restart their businesses in the Delmas region. In the Nazon and Village Solidarite neighborhoods, we're conducting door to door assessments to determine homes with the greatest needs. So far we've assessed 882 households, representing 4,410 people.

The camps where many are living have become muddy messes and tents and tarps are reduced to shreds.

01 Oct 2010 description
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Now nine months after the earthquake, much of Haiti is improved. Signs of construction can be seen everywhere, but even so, there is much work to be done. The disaster displaced 2 million people.

26 May 2010 description
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World Concern is working in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, organizing massive work parties to clear rubble and repair homes. We now employ 2,000 people in this effort. In the last two months, World Concern has repaired or built more than 300 homes and helped dozens of small business owners restart their livelihoods through grants.

Haiti is now entering its rainy season. Most large storms do not come until fall, but the official beginning to the hurricane season is June 1.

One of those who World Concern has helped is named Rosena Pierre.

02 Feb 2010 description
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Feb. 2, 2010 2:00 pm

World Concern's massive food distributions in Haiti this week have reached 25,500 people so far in downtown Port Au Prince. With a US military escort, World Concern is able to reach about 8,500 people from a single food distribution site, supplying them with a two-week supply of rice.

On the day prior to a food distribution, World Concern staff members pass out vouchers to the hungry in neighborhoods with great need. In nearly all cases, women are identified as family representatives and are asked to receive the food.

25 Jan 2010 description
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Jan. 25, 2010 6:15 am (HAITI)

Haiti's hungry need food and water, but with the desperation comes unwanted consequences when delivering aid. Seattle-based humanitarian organization World Concern is discovering a method to both minimize the risk to its staff from riots and ensure that the most vulnerable people receive help.

During the past few days, World Concern has organized food and water distributions in Port Au Prince through churches and neighborhood groups, similar to blockwatches. World Concern enlists the help of these community groups to identify families in need.

22 Jan 2010 description
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Jan. 22, 2010 10:15 am (HAITI)

A new push to reach into communities desperate for food and water begins today. World Concern Haiti staff members are in hard-hit Port Au Prince neighborhoods evaluating the needs of families, with deliveries of one month supplies of food beginning Sunday or Monday.

This new effort is expected to reach 25,000 - 30,000 people with food. Kits include wheat, flour, corn, beans and other staples.

18 Jan 2010 description
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Report of death is the first confirmed fatality within the organization

SEATTLE - Monday, January 18, 2010 (1:30 p.m. PST)

World Concern regretfully reports the first confirmed fatality of a field worker and today is mourning the loss of Angela Thermidor.

Angela was the Prevention Training Director for World Concern's HIV programs; two major grant projects. She exemplified leadership in her ability to effectively prepare a multitude of staff to deliver messages on HIV prevention to youth.

16 Jan 2010 description
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World Concern's disaster expert arrived in Port Au Prince today and began assisting with the complex humanitarian aid effort in Port Au Prince. Merry Fitzpatrick is leading a survey of neighborhoods, mapping out the needs and damage to assist with further relief from World Concern, the military, and the UN.

13 Jan 2010 description
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World Concern's disaster response expert Merry Fitzpatrick will leave from SeaTac Airport on Alaska Airlines flight 16 to Miami at 1:15 this afternoon. Media availability will be between 10:30 am and 11:30 am at SeaTac, near the Alaska ticket counter.

This morning, World Concern has heard from one other staff member in Haiti over e-mail. Pierre Duclona directs World Concern's programs in South Haiti, and he said that he was safe and his family was safe, but scattered throughout the region have collapsed because of the earthquake.

12 Jan 2010 description
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Jan. 13, 2010 10:03 am

World Concern's disaster response expert Merry Fitzpatrick will leave from SeaTac Airport on Alaska Airlines flight 16 to Miami at 1:15 this afternoon. Media availability will be between 10:30 am and 11:30 am at SeaTac, near the Alaska ticket counter.

This morning, World Concern has heard from one other staff member in Haiti over e-mail. Pierre Duclona directs World Concern's programs in South Haiti, and he said that he was safe and his family was safe, but scattered throughout the region have collapsed because of the earthquake.