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 earthquake in Haiti was a tragedy for the hundreds of thousands of children and their families who lost everything. The nation was already the poorest and most fragile in the hemisphere. It was a challenging time for aid workers who witnessed their loss and suffering, and were involved in trying to help them.
When the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince on 12 January 2010, local World Vision staff sprang into action, distributing the bottled water they had on hand. In hindsight, it seems like a small gesture, yet it marked the beginning of a three-year, US$240 million effort to help Haiti recover and rebuild following one of the worst disasters ever to hit the Western Hemisphere.
As the sun rose on 13 January, the scope of devastation became clear; so did the magnitude of the task ahead.
Op-ed signed by the Haiti NGO Coordination Committee, which includes ACTED, published on 11.01.2012 on Le Monde newspaper website.
Nearing the two-year anniversary of Haiti’s deadly earthquake, Christian aid agency World Vision calls upon the international community to fulfil its commitments in supporting the government of Haiti and the Haitian people.
Using DEC funds our member agencies have provided assistance to over 1.8million earthquake survivors in Haiti.
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· Leading relief NGOs, in joint letter, warn that House budget cuts imperil life-saving disaster aid
· World Vision calls on Senate to reverse cuts to effective humanitarian assistance in U.S. budget
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World Vision prepares for potential severe weather amidst ongoing cholera, quake response work
· Forecasters predict Tropical Storm Tomas may grow into a hurricane over the weekend
· Aid agency says severe weather, cholera outbreak and ongoing quake response "testing Haiti's limits"
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 October 2010 - As forecasters watch Tropical Storm Tomas in the Caribbean, World Vision's relief team is preparing for the …
* Malnourished children, people with HIV and AIDS and the elderly are the most vulnerable, aid agency says
* World Vision health workers remind families that hand washing can save lives, prevent spread of cholera
By World Vision staff
As the cholera outbreak continues to spread in the Artibonite region of Haiti, World Vision is increasing its response in affected areas, pre-positioning much-needed health supplies and preparing residents in its displacement camps in Port-au-Prince with critical, life-saving health and hygiene messages.
"While we can't be sure the …
- Relief agency says shelter is Haiti's greatest need and aid groups' greatest challenge
- World Vision has provided emergency food aid to over 1.8 million people
The crisis remains enormous, the task daunting, but progress has been made.
In the first 180 days, World Vision has:
- Provided a total of 16.8 million litres of clean water since the January 12 quake.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
World Vision responds to G20 Communiqué
- Commends creation of G20 Working Group on Development
- Applauds the cancellation of Haiti's IFI debt
- Welcomes reaffirmation of MDG commitments
- Concerned development agenda is taking back seat to heavy focus on economic growth
"In the G20 countries alone, 2.5 million children are dying each year before their fifth birthdays. That's equivalent to the entire population of Toronto, and almost 30 percent of the 8.8 million babies and children who die …
The impact in numbers of the haiti earthquake on January 12 already puts it among the worst single-country disasters of all time. Any country would struggle to recover from a blow of this magnitude. Haiti's situation is exacerbated by generations of political uncertainty, entrenched poverty and limited opportunities.
One of the worst disasters of the new millennium ended the lives of over 220,000 Haitians, injuring 300,000 more, and leaving well over a million people displaced and homeless.
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Programme: Haiti Earthquake Response
Programme phase: Relief and recovery: January-September 2010
Assessment purpose: Gather primary data from earthquake-effected households as well as host communities to earthquake survivors in current WV operational areas to inform immediate relief efforts.
Assessment dates: 3-6 February 2010: data collection, 3-19 February 2010: data entry, translation, analysis
Rationale for the Assessment
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake-the most powerful to hit Haiti in over 200 years-struck 15 kilometers …
- Haiti's rural communities already faced
poverty, lack of infrastructure before quake
- World Vision providing food and other essential items to rural communities
Port-au-Prince, HAITI, March 2, 2010
- World Vision warns Haiti's rural communities are at risk for chronic food and water shortages as the burden to care for the displaced grows. Families in these communities are struggling to cope with the influx of people seeking refuge from the destruction in the capital city.
- World Vision survey finds more than half
of Haiti's displaced fear robbery, rape
- As rainy season approaches, poor weather highlights need for secure shelter for families
- World Vision encourages U.N.
- Opportunities to grieve, a new routine
and access to basics critical for families to recover from loss, aid agency
- Safe places for children providing normalcy and routine in chaotic environment
February 8, 2010, Port-au-Prince - Four weeks after the catastrophic quake, Haiti's survivors face more than just staggering physical needs such as food and shelter, World Vision said today. More than 9 out of 10 people the humanitarian agency spoke to had lost loved ones--including friends, extended family or close family--and need to make time for grieving and establish …
February 2, 2010, Port-au-Prince - As aid workers continue to provide relief to Haiti's quake survivors, Haitian and global leaders as well as international development groups look toward longer-term recovery for the country. However, humanitarian group World Vision urges those designing any "Marshall Plan" for Haiti to prioritize children's best interests as a central focus in rebuilding the country.
"Children make up about half of Haiti's population," said Sian Platt, child protection specialist with World Vision's Global Rapid Response Team.