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.
Richmond, Va. - Feb. 2, 2011 - One year after the 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, ChildFund International continues its work in Haiti with Physicians for Peace.
ChildFund has awarded Physicians for Peace a $500,000 grant to support the organization's work in Haiti, providing custom-fitted prosthetics, medical equipment, a summer camp for children with disabilities or who have parents with disabilities and many additional efforts.
"ChildFund's focus is on keeping children on the pathway of development.
Given the chaos on the ground in Haiti, it is critical that organizations collaborate to meet the needs of vulnerable children.
Because ChildFund does not operate in Haiti, we are partnering with Christian Blind Mission (CBM), which has operated in Haiti for 30 years.
Richmond, Va. - Jan. 15, 2010 -In the aftermath of natural disasters, children's physical and emotional needs often go unattended as adults struggle to survive.
"We stand in solidarity with our sister organizations now helping with the Haiti rescue efforts and the subsequent recovery operations that will be required," said Anne Lynam Goddard, president and CEO of ChildFund International.
To meet the needs of vulnerable children, ChildFund has committed to directing funds raised for Haiti to a partner organization working on the ground.