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)
The first World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016, will bring together governments, humanitarian organisations, and people affected by humanitarian crises to propose solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In the months leading up to the Summit, ensuring that children’s voices are heard in these discussions is a key priority for Plan International.
All children deserve safe, accessible and culturally appropriate school buildings — regardless of class, creed, gender or ability. When children live in hazard-prone places where high winds, earthquakes, floods and other hazards threaten them, they need schools and grounds that protect them.
Yet recent disasters around the world attest to the fragility of many schools.
A message from Haiti
In 2008, on my first visit to Haiti for hurricane relief work, I remember traveling from the airport to the Save the Children office and seeing the narrow roads, the congestion, the development challenges, and the houses perched perilously on the hillsides. I said to myself “I hope there is never a major earthquake.” I could never have known that I’d be back as Country Director in 2014, nearly five years after that unthinkable event actually happened.
Although the catastrophic physical damage to housing, roads and public buildings wrought by the Haitian earthquake on 12 January 2010 is still visible, the psychological legacy that many young earthquake survivors are still struggling to live with is less easy to see with the naked eye.
Donor Report – January 2014
￼Haiti Four Years After:
￼A Message to Our Global Donor Family
One Little Life at a Time: Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa
In 2011, people in the Horn of Africa asked only one question: When will the rains return?
After two years of drought, 13 million people (half of them children) are still hungry and at risk of malnutrition—or worse. Families now depend on humanitarian aid to survive, many sheltered in the camps on the borders of Ethiopia and Kenya.
WESTPORT, Conn. (January 13, 2012) – Two years after the Haiti earthquake, a severe funding shortage is threatening recovery programs in the country and putting children's futures at risk, warns Save the Children.
Save the Children is calling for the international community to fulfill its existing commitments to Haiti and increase long-term funding to build on the significant achievements made since the earthquake, as well as to scale up efforts to address the continuing cholera crisis.
Op-ed signed by the Haiti NGO Coordination Committee, which includes ACTED, published on 11.01.2012 on Le Monde newspaper website.
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WESTPORT, CONN. (Jan. 11, 2012) — Two years following the devastating Haiti quake, Save the Children has received a $400,000 donation from the IKEA Foundation for a literacy program for Haitian children. The donation will help improve children's literacy in Haiti by providing learning kits and teaching aids to new teachers, and supplying basic school materials like books, pens and pencils to schoolchildren.
Two years after the Haiti earthquake, a severe funding shortage is threatening recovery programmes in the country and putting children’s futures at risk, warns Save the Children.
The charity is urgently calling for the international community to fulfil its existing commitments to Haiti and increase long-term funding to build on the significant achievements made since the earthquake, as well as to scale up efforts to address the continuing cholera crisis.
Using DEC funds our member agencies have provided assistance to over 1.8million earthquake survivors in Haiti.
Before The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance and Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
June 23, 2011
Mr. Chairman, and members of the Subcommittees,
Led by the Women’s Refugee Commission, an interagency group comprising CARE, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Save the Children undertook a mission to Haiti in May 2010 to assess the progress the humanitarian community has made in the implementation of the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) in emergency response operations.The specific objectives of the assessment were: to identify and document available Reproductive Health (RH) services, gaps and good practices per the five components of the MISP; to identify key factors that support and hinder MISP …
One year after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, 380,000 children are still living in squalid camps, leaving them vulnerable to disease and exploitation - in one of the most complex disasters to respond to in history, Save the Children says.
In 2010, generous public donations and international donor support meant that the children's charity was a lifeline for more than 879,000 people, half of them children.
One year after the Haiti earthquake, the only way to ensure a better future for children and families is for Haitians and the international community to build on the large-scale efforts they're making.
Friday 7 January 2011
Two-month-old Louis is examined at a Save the Children mobile health clinic at a camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
"This anniversary, we're all confronted with big questions. Has enough been done for Haiti, its people, and particularly its children?
Monday 20 December 2010
61% of British people think that building orphanages for children whose parents are missing or dead after a humanitarian crisis is a good idea, according to a new YouGov survey commissioned by Save the Children.
In every humanitarian crisis, concerned outsiders respond to tragedy with actions that take children away from their families and communities - often with unintended but damaging consequences. Again and again, girls and boys are 'rescued' out of affected areas into orphanages or adopted into new families elsewhere in the belief that they will be better cared for away from their devastated homes.
Using lessons learnt in emergencies, from the genocide in Rwanda to the Asian Tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti, our report, Misguided Kindness, demonstrates what action is needed to …
A COUNTRY AT A CROSSROADS
In any emergency, children are always the most vulnerable. This has been particularly true for children in Haiti since January 12, 2010, when the devastating 7.0 earthquake reduced buildings to rubble, destroyed much of the nation's fragile infrastructure and extinguished the lives of 230,000 people.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Nov. 12, 2010) - With more than 700 people dead and 11,000 now sick from cholera across Haiti, additional sites in Port-au-Prince are reporting their first cases of the fatal yet preventable and treatable disease.
Thousands of children living in camps in Haiti's shattered capital now face the new threat of cholera, a deadly waterborne disease that arose recently in the country's interior and has since arrived in Port-au-Prince.
The Haitian government has confirmed one death from cholera in Port-au-Prince and 115 suspected cases. Efforts to warn the displaced population have begun.