• Sixty-seven out of the 90 early childhood development centres, primary and secondary schools have been reopened (74 per cent of the total school facilities) with support from the United Nation Children´s Fund (UNICEF) and other Education sector partners, benefiting 7,833 students (65 per cent of the total attendance prior to Hurricane Maria).
• The Building Damage Assessment led by the Ministry of Housing and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has assessed 60 per cent of the buildings and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
• The Vulnerability and Needs Assessment conducted by the Government with the support of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children´s Fund (UNICEF) and other UN agencies to select the beneficiaries of upcoming cash-based interventions targeting the most vulnerable is ongoing. The data collection will be finalized in early December to enable the cash transfer programme to begin.
• The emergency livelihoods programme implemented by the National Employment Programme and supported by UNDP started in Pointe Michel. It will generate 20,000 workdays, employing around 1,000 people over the next 3 months.
The Government and humanitarian actors continue to refine and develop plans together to target the most affected and vulnerable. They are also taking steps to put in place monitoring tools to track activity progress. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) introduced the monitoring system ActivityInfo as a potential tool to support multi-sector activity monitoring. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector (WASH) has adopted the system; all WASH actors are using it to monitor their activities. Other sectors have also expressed interest.
Sectors are increasingly working in an integrated manner. The Shelter, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Education sectors are working together to enable schools used as collective centres to reopen by implementing a voluntary return and relocation strategy. The CCCM sector is actively facilitating this, ensuring that the needs of the most vulnerable are respected and alternative options for those who cannot return to their homes are identified. In addition, the Education and WASH sectors are working together to meet WASH needs at schools. The WASH sector is collaborating with the Ministry of Health to ensure that water and sanitation facilities in health centres, collective centres and public facilities are functioning. Food Security sector partners – WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – are working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to identify priority tertiary and feeder roads that need to be urgently cleared to provide access to fields and markets. Some of the clearing is likely to be done with the support of UNDP’s Emergency Employment Programme through the National Employment Programme in the framework of the Early Recovery sector.