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 award, shared by Voila’s T-Cash and Digicel’s TchoTcho Mobile, recognizes dramatic progress made through mobile money by giving more Haitians access to financial services
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that two of Haiti’s mobile network operators—Digicel and Voila—will share a $1.8 million award from the Haiti Mobile Money Initiative (HMMI) for reaching the one million transaction milestone while meeting the award program’s stringent requirements.
Mobile operator Digicel becomes first recipient of mobile money fund in Haiti
Seattle/Port-au-Prince, Haiti - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced today that Haitian mobile operator Digicel won a $2.5 million award from the Haiti Mobile Money Initiative (HMMI). Digicel was recognized for being the first to launch a mobile money service in Haiti, Tcho Tcho Mobile, that meets the competition's stringent criteria. This award, presented to Digicel and its partner Scotia Bank at a U.S.
Access to financial services by mobile phone can dramatically improve the lives of Haitians as country rebuilds from devastating earthquake
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Seattle/Washington, D.C. - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's thoughts are with the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck on January 12, 2010. In response, we are providing a $1 million grant to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which has experienced personnel and a stock of emergency supplies in Haiti. This grant will help cover CRS's initial relief efforts, which include addressing the immediate shelter, food, water, sanitation, health and other needs of those affected by the quake.