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27 Apr 2011 description

More than 15 months after Haiti’s earthquake, nearly 700,000 people are still displaced, living in makeshift settlements throughout the capital Port-au-Prince and beyond, mostly on private property. Many property owners are saying they want their land back, putting families who lost their own homes to the quake under threat of eviction. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has come across this problem in more and more of the settlements where we work.

13 Jan 2011 description

Posted by Jennifer Morgan

Port-au-Prince, Haiti - It's been nearly a year since I first arrived in Haiti to help lead the International Rescue Committee's efforts to reunite children and families who were separated by the 2010 earthquake.

12 Jan 2011 description

Disaster spotlights urgent need for regulated family placement and support services

Port-au-Prince 12 Jan 2011 - Every week, aid groups in Haiti continue to reunite separated children with parents and relatives, but thousands of other children remain in precarious circumstances -- a situation that underscores the critical need for regulated and improved family placement services.

In the chaos of the earthquake last January, families scattered and children became separated. Most had no way of contacting loved ones or knowing if their family members were dead or alive.

06 Jan 2011 description

Just before 5pm on January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti about 10 miles southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. It killed approximately 230,000 people and left another 1.3 million homeless. The International Rescue Committee quickly established emergency operations. In the last year, our mission has grown to include health care, child welfare, economic recovery and development, and programs to combat violence against women.

The IRC provides direct support to nearly 100,000 people in 30 camps. This week we are sharing daily updates on one aspect of our work in Haiti.

05 Jan 2011 description

Just before 5pm on January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti about 10 miles southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. It killed approximately 230,000 people and left another 1.3 million homeless.

04 Jan 2011 description

Just before 5pm on January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti about 10 miles southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. It killed approximately 230,000 people and left another 1.3 million homeless.

06 Nov 2010 description

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti 06 Nov 2010 - Three International Rescue Committee (IRC) teams are assessing conditions in 13 Port-au-Prince camps today, a day after Hurricane Tomas, now downgraded to a tropical storm, battered parts of Haiti still struggling to recover from January's earthquake.

The IRC's Susana Ferreira says the city is once again bustling - only many of the roads in Port-au-Prince now look like rivers.

First stop for her assessment team was a small site in the Tabarre district with 400 people.

24 Oct 2010 description

Port-au-Prince 24 Oct 2010 -

With at least five cholera cases officially confirmed in Haiti's densely-populated capital Port-au-Prince, humanitarian and national health agencies are mobilizing a swift response.

"There is a great potential for the fast spread of the disease in congested and unsanitary camps and surrounding neighborhoods, particularly in the middle of the rainy season," says Melody Munz, environmental health coordinator for the International Rescue Committee in Haiti. "With the crowding and potential for flooding, the conditions are ripe.

05 Feb 2010 description

Port-au-Prince, Haiti 05 Feb 2010 - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is building washing facilities and latrines for thousands of displaced Haitians living in makeshift outdoor settlements in the capital city.

Work on 20 latrines and 20 bathing stations has been completed at two settlements, including latrines designed for use by disabled people, and will soon be completed at two other sites. Altogether at the four locations, the IRC will build 66 latrines and 30 washing stations that will serve some 4,000 people.

26 Jan 2010 description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is teaming up with Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the global nonprofit health development organization, to respond to the relief effort in Haiti.

The IRC and MSH previously worked together in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake and in Southern Sudan, to restore the health system following the end of the 20-year civil war there.

The joint IRC-MSH efforts in Haiti will focus on displaced people and on communities that were hit hard by the January 12 earthquake, as well as communities that are hosting homeless victims of the disaster.

21 Jan 2010 description

By Anna Husarska

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti 21 Jan 2010 - From an airplane flying into the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, you see the extent of destruction from last week's earthquake and the mass displacement it has created.

Every park, every square, every athletic field, even large gardens are occupied by people made homeless by the quake. The lucky ones have mattresses, a few pots and a bit of privacy offered by sheets hung from trees or poles.

18 Jan 2010 description

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti 18 Jan 2010 - The International Rescue Committee's Emergency Response Team is on the ground in Haiti, joining other rescue workers delivering aid to hundreds of thousands of Haitians in desperate need of food, clean water and shelter.

On Sunday, the team visited 13 sites in the battered city of Port-au-Prince to assess damage and determine where to deliver humanitarian assistance.

Team leader Gillian Dunn said that damage to the city was "enormous and overwhelming," with nearly every building badly damaged.

Dunn said dead bodies were still …