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10 Feb 2012 description
report ACT Alliance

Immediately after the 2009 earthquake in Haiti, the United Church of Canada worked through ACT Alliance to provide emergency relief supplies to those in need. Two years on, the UCC remains committed to working with ACT and local partners to build strong communities, in part, through new school construction efforts. The UCC aims to develop strong voices from the margins, so that longterm solutions to Haiti's challenges will work for everyone, not just the wealthy.

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17 Jan 2012 description
report ACT Alliance

In Haiti, the 12th of January was declared a national holiday, so that people could spend time with their families and commemorate the lives of those who died in the earthquake exactly two years before.

For the world’s news media, the day was yet another chance to revisit the country and express outrage at the frustrating pace of the reconstruction effort.

12 Jan 2012 description
report ACT Alliance

Executive Summary

This evaluation of the ACT Alliance response to the Haiti earthquake was carried out in October and November 2011, and reviews the work of ACT Alliance over the period from the earthquake to date taking in both the immediate crisis phase and the post crisis phase.

05 Jan 2012 description
report ACT Alliance

While the wider humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti garnered criticism, pockets of genuine success have emerged from the rubble. Two years on, one of the most important lessons learned has been the value of engaging local partners on the ground to help facilitate an effective response.

16 Sep 2011 description
report ACT Alliance

Geneva, 16 September 2011

Country highlights

• The current political stand-off between the President and Parliament are preventing political progress and exacerbating the security situation.

• A Study carried out by IOM, ACTED and CDAD report that 94% of people still living in camps would go home if they had an alternative accommodation. According to IOM data, 595,000 Haitians still leave in 894 camps, mostly scattered in and around Port-au-Prince.

02 Aug 2011 description
report ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$ 27,175,768

Balance requested: US$ 3,551,901

24 May 2011 description
report ACT Alliance

Chris Herlinger of ACT member Church World Service always knew security was important – but an assignment in Haiti in January 2010 following the devastating earthquake confirmed that.

One Saturday, staff of ACT Alliance agencies joined Haitian humanitarian workers of the Lutheran World Federation at a distribution of relief goods in Gressier village, 20km west of Port-au-Prince. This was the first assistance people in the village had received since the earthquake. Despite this, the people waiting in line were orderly and quiet.

21 Mar 2011 description
report ACT Alliance

4000 schools were destroyed in the earthquake in Haiti. ACT member Finn Church Aid is helping to rebuild them. This video from Finn Church Aid shows some of their work. French with English subtitles.

25 Jan 2011 description

By Malene Haakansson, DanChurchAid

In the rural Haiti, poverty is high and the rate of development too low.

Outspoken Haitian senator Jean Maxime Roumer knows how to get Haiti out of the chaos it's in. The experienced politician - once a member of President René Préval's party, Lespwa (Hope), but now an independent politician in opposition to the government, says the focus of the many NGOs that have come to Haiti need to turn to the countryside.

"We need to focus on decentralisation but it is challenging when people live where they work.

18 Jan 2011 description
report ACT Alliance

In the days and weeks following the earthquake, acute relief efforts were carried out very effectively, and camps for earthquake victims were now "reasonably well" organised, he said.

"But I am worried to see how slow and badly organised some of the national and international authorities' efforts to reconstruct Haiti have been, especially in terms of rubble removal and construction of new houses and buildings.

17 Jan 2011 description
report ACT Alliance

Jan 17, 2011

By Malene Haakansson, DanChurchAid

When Vena Pierre saw the car of ACT member Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, she ran towards it. Programme coordinator Jacques Philippe Mondésir was hardly out before Pierre embraced him. Her face shone with happiness.

The reason for her joy was right behind her - a small two bedroom house which DKH rebuilt after the earthquake hit the southern town of Jacmel.

"I was thrilled when I found out that my house was going to be rebuilt," said the single mother of two sons.

12 Jan 2011 description
report ACT Alliance

ACT in Haiti

Sandra Cox assesses ACT's work in Haiti over the past twelve months

The call for help from the people of Haiti came just 12 days after ACT Alliance was formed from the union of its predecessors, ACT International and ACT Development. Yet, in the 12 months that have passed since the earthquake killed at least 230,000 people, the fledging organisation has reached out to 600,000 survivors in Haiti's devastated capital, major cities and countryside.

ACT's work in Haiti represents one of the largest blocs of humanitarian support in the country.

12 Jan 2011 description
report ACT Alliance

It's not the NGOs. Mountains of rubble and archaic land laws are slowing Haiti's progress

Sandra Cox asks why progress in rehousing people has been so slow

Media headlines describe a country that is on anything but the road to recovery. A year after the earthquake, Haiti is a still plagued by piles of rubble, few new houses, and over a million people living under canvas or temporary shelters.

21 Dec 2010 description
report ACT Alliance

By Chris Herlinger

Next month, the world's attention will once again focus intensely on Haiti.

Journalists covering the one-year anniversary of the earthquake will ask the inevitable questions about successes and continued challenges.

In Haiti's overall difficult social and political context, ACT Alliance will be able to point to both.

14 Dec 2010 description
report ACT Alliance

Highlights

- Security consultancy has concluded a revised security framework for the ACT Alliance members in Haiti.

- Political turmoil around the election has created a new set of challenges for the humanitarian response.

- The cholera continues to progress and will threaten 200,000 people in the next few months.

- The post-earthquake emergency, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities continue with an increase in the present funding level required to meet the planned activities, as well as meet the additional challenges brought by the current context

08 Dec 2010 description
report ACT Alliance

By Maria Halava, ACT Alliance

Haitians have been tested well beyond what most people can be reasonably expected to endure. Their country was struggling to recover from the January 12 earthquake when hurricane Tomas hit. Then a cholera epidemic spread from province to province.

Even before the earthquake, many Haitians lived with insurmountable problems.

One of these is Mireille Emerival, a mother of two boys - and a widow.

11 Nov 2010 description

Hurricane Tomas was merciful as it swept past Haiti. The country was spared a direct hit, but torrential rain has caused widespread flooding and a heightened risk of the spread of disease among the already pressed population.

"The water is knee-deep inside our houses, and we have nothing. What kind of life is this?" ask residents of Cité Soleil, one of the largest slum areas of the country's capital Port au Prince.

"Last night I slept with water right up to the edge of my mattress.

11 Nov 2010 description
report ACT Alliance

Tomas

According to the Civil Protection Direction, DPC, Hurricane Tomas caused 21 deaths and made 6,610 people homeless. 48,235 people were evacuated of which 24,212 sought refuges in 75 temporary shelters. To date the DPC has reported 2,008 houses destroyed and 5,336 damaged. With planning figures of 100,000 affected families, the impact was less consequential than originally thought. The department of Grande Anse was the most affected with the destruction of 70 to 90 percent of its farm land.

10 Nov 2010 description
report ACT Alliance

Hurricane Tomas was merciful as it swept past Haiti. The country was spared a direct hit, but torrential rain has caused widespread flooding and a heightened risk of the spread of disease among the already pressed population.

"The water is knee-deep inside our houses, and we have nothing. What kind of life is this?" ask residents of Cité Soleil, one of the largest slum areas of the country's capital Port au Prince.

"Last night I slept with water right up to the edge of my mattress.

08 Nov 2010 description

Hurricane Tomas was merciful as it swept past Haiti. The country was spared a direct hit, but torrential rain has caused widespread flooding and a heightened risk of the spread of disease among the already pressed population.

"Last night I slept with water right up to the edge of my mattress. Nobody deserves to live in such conditions. This is no life," says Rosemene Princiville from the entrance to her house: a tattered tent, inside which float clothes and a few other belongings in the stinking, metre-deep floodwater that has engulfed the surrounding area.