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 2015 International Annual Report describes how SOS Children’s Villages around the world supported children and strengthened families and communities in 2015 through community-integrated responses in care, education, health and emergency services.
The 573 SOS Children’s Villages around the world in 2015 are described as ‘care and protection hubs’ for their local communities, as they provided a range of locally-tailored services to support vulnerable children.
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.
Five years after the earthquake that devastated the country, SOS Children's Villages' support for Haiti continues with the inauguration of a third Children’s Village to provide families and homes for children who lost parental care.
In a country where nearly half the population is under 18, and poverty is extreme, educational reforms are key to sustainable social development.
09/10/2012 - With the opening of 14 additional classrooms at the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School in Santo, Port-au-Prince, some 490 pupils now have the chance for high-quality education. This project is part of the reconstruction and rehabilitation programme undertaken by SOS Children's Villages following the earthquake in 2010 which caused widespread destruction also on the whole school infrastructure of Haiti.
23/08/2012 - Villas for company managers, tents for the victims of earthquakes: support often misses the mark because those affected by disasters are not consulted. This comment, made by Dr. Wilfried Vyslozil, managing director of the German Association of SOS Children's Villages (SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit), appeared in the Süddeutsche Zeitung in the "Outside view" column on page 2 in the 22 August 2012 edition.
03/01/2012 - On 12 January 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti claiming the lives of more than 230,000 people and affecting three million others. Significant progress has been made in reconstructing Haiti. Nevertheless, the country remains closer to a state of emergency and not close enough to a path of stability and a future that offers opportunities. In 2011, SOS Children's Villages helped to address the problem and began constructing new schools and expanded long-term social programmes for children and families.
Deprived of love and laughter, children globally are afflicted by war, violence, disease, exploitation, neglect and other devastating circumstances. Progress has been made in strengthening their families of origin and preventing child abandonment, but much remains to be done.
On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October, SOS Children's Villages, Plan International and World Vision issued a joint press release and will hold a press conference in Brussels, urging the EU to prioritise children in their efforts on disaster risk reduction.
After a year of providing emergency aid for the victims of the devastating earthquake, SOS Children's Villages in Haiti wants to take an active part in a proper reconstruction process. A massive challenge, for the situation is problematic, and many things are not going as quickly as anticipated.
28/05/2010 - SOS Children's Villages is constructing prefabricated houses (Global Village Shelters) in the SOS Children's Village in Santo near Port-au-Prince.
Before the earthquake, the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School in Santo on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince had 550 pupils. But with the many abandoned and orphaned children which are temporarily cared for at the SOS Children's Village, that number is expected to increase with approximately 300 more students. Until last week, the school facilities were used as storehouse for emergency supplies and as base camp for the emergency staff.
31/03/2010 - On the occasion of today's important donors' conference on Haiti, NGOs organised a side event at the UNICEF Headquarters in New York yesterday.
17/03/2010 - The 33 children who were to be taken to the Dominican Republic by ten US citizens and were temporarily cared for at the SOS Children's Village in Santo in Port-au-Prince will be reunited with their biological families on 17 March.
The children arrived on 30 January, when SOS Children's Villages was assigned the task of taking care of them temporarily by the Haitian child welfare authority IBERS (The Institut du Bien Etre Sociale et De Recherches), following the arrest of a group of ten US nationals who had tried to take them out of the country under dubious …
22/02/2010 - Now providing temporary care for around 290 unaccompanied and orphaned children, the capacity of the SOS Children's Village in Santo is nearly exhausted. On 17 February alone, 126 children from emergency camps were taken in, and 100 more may follow. Currently 66 community centres are supplying over 9,000 children with food, and medical treatment if required, every day.
The emergency relief effort by SOS Children's Villages is reaching more and more children. Several SOS community centres have been reactivated and new ones are being opened to provide care and basic supplies for children during the day. 28 unaccompanied children are currently receiving care directly at the SOS Children's Village in Santo, and more are coming every day.
Admission of unaccompanied children to the SOS Children's Village in Santo is up and running.
23/01/2010 - During a catastrophic emergency like the earthquake in Haiti pictures of injured and vulnerable children, hungry or traumatised, stir high emotions. Many people react instinctively and want to give these children what they have apparently lost: safety, love and a caring family. In such circumstances urgent requests for, and offers of, adoption are manifold and understandable.
22/01/2010 - After careful assessment of the situation on the ground and available resources, SOS Children's Villages' relief teams have developed a plan for the weeks months to come.
In coordination with other relief organisations, SOS Children's Villages is getting ready to provide temporary care for hundreds of unaccompanied children.
20/01/2010 - SOS Children's Villages calls for all emergency relief actors in Haiti to put children first and work in accordance with the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
Children are consistently one of the most vulnerable groups in emergency situations.