Haiti

ACT Appeal Haiti: Assistance to Flood Victims in Gonaives - LAHT43

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Appeal Target: US$ 1,004,946

Balance Requested from ACT Alliance: US$ 781,946

Geneva, 5 October 2004

Dear Colleagues,

On 18 September 2004, Hurricane Jeanne lashed northern parts of Haiti with heavy rains causing extensive damage and flooding in urban and rural areas, particularly in the north-west in the Artibonite Provinces. Gonaives, the fourth main city in Haiti, was severely affected by flooding and mudslides which destroyed large areas of the city and its surrounding communities.

The latest official reports from the Directorate of Civil Protection (DCP) in Haiti indicate that almost 300,000 persons were affected, 4,471 houses were destroyed, 1,330 people lost their lives, 2,601 were injured and 1,056 are still missing. In rural areas, particularly Artibonite North and South the floods destroyed most of the food crops and livestock.

ACT members in Haiti, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Diakonie Emergency Aid (DEA) are proposing to respond in the area of Gonaives and the north and west of the Artibonite where ACT Haiti is present through LWF partners Federation Protestant d’Haiti and Service Chretien d’Haiti. DEA is present through its partner World Neighbours. The proposed assistance comprises:

  • Food assistance
  • Non food assistance (medicines, kitchen utensils)
  • Water and sanitation
  • Clearing of debris
  • Recovery of schools
  • Agriculture and livestock recovery
  • Income generating activities

ACT members in Haiti are working on a more developed proposal, but this appeal is being issued immediately due to the urgency of the situation and needs in the affected areas.

Project Completion Date: 31 May 2005

Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested

DEA
LWF
ACT Co-ord
US$
Appeal Targets
215,946
786,000
3,000
1,004,946
Less: Pledges/Contr Recd
61,000
162,000
223,000
Balance Requested from ACT Alliance
154,946
624,000
3,000
781,946

Please kindly send your contributions to the following ACT bank account:

Account Number – 240-432629.60A (USD)
Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
UBS AG
8, rue du Rhône
P.O. Box 2600
1211 Geneva 4
SWITZERLAND
Swift address: UBSW CHZH12A

Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (direct tel. +4122/791.60.38, e-mail address jkg@act-intl.org) of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.

We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

ACT Web Site address: www.act-intl.org

Jenny Borden
Interim Director, ACT Co-ordinating Office

ACT is a global alliance of churches and related agencies working to save lives and support communities in emergencies worldwide.

The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.

I. REQUESTING ACT MEMBERS

Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) activities in Haiti started in 1983 as a support to political refugees in the Caribbean as well as in the USA. The program has 25 staff (8 working in program related activities). Areas of intervention include poverty alleviation through institutional strengthening, community development, networking and advocacy. The areas of intervention include provinces of the South East, West, Grand Anse, and Artibonite.

Previous emergency interventions include relief and rehabilitation assistance to Hurricane George victims (1998), assistance of victims of human rights violations (RRF 2004) and relief for victims of Civil unrest (LAHT41), floods in south-east border with the Dominican Republic (LAHT 42).

Diakonie Emergency Aid (DEA)

Diakonie is the largest Emergency Aid agency of the Evangelical Churches in Germany. In June 2004 Diakonie opened an office in Gonaives to implement an emergency assistance program financed bilaterally for the rural population in four regions. As the office was destroyed during the flooding in September, they currently operate from Port-au-Prince. Diakonie has seven staff working in Haiti.

II. IMPLEMENTING ACT MEMBER & PARTNER INFORMATION

LWF implementing partners

The League of Evangelical Churches ALEG (Artibonite District) founded in 1986 to help assist Protestant churches undertake common activities in Human Rights defence, legal assistance, education and biblical doctrine. ALEG has 25 staff and works in the city of Gonaives. ALEG is member of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Haiti (FPH)

Baptist Convention of Haiti - A convention of Baptist Churches located in Cap Haitien (northern district). The convention runs several health facilities, educational institutions and agricultural programs. For the purpose of the present appeal they will concentrate their response in the north district where out of the 80 church members 20 are active. The Baptist Convention of Haiti is member of the Service Chretien d’Haiti (SCH).

DEA’s implementing partners

World Neighbours (WN)

World Neighbours is a non governmental organisation working in Haiti since 1995. WN mainly works in community and reproductive health as well as micro-credit and strengthening of community organisations. WN is working in the Central Plateau and the Artibonite.

III. DESCRIPTION of the EMERGENCY SITUATION

On 18 September 2004, hurricane Jeanne lashed northern areas of Haiti with exceptionally heavy rain resulting in extensive damage and flooding in urban and rural areas, particularly in the north-west - in the Artibonite Provinces. Gonaives, the fourth main city in Haiti, was severely hit by flooding and mudslides during the night of 18 – 19 September.

In Gonaives itself, there was extensive flooding and damage to large parts of the city and its surrounding communities. 4,287 houses were completely destroyed and many more damaged. The disaster affected more than 236,426 persons representing over 81 % of the local population. OCHA has reported 1,252 dead, 1,005 missing, and 2,600 injured.

In rural areas, particularly Artibonite North and South the floods destroyed most of the food crops and livestock.

This appeal concerns the area of Gonaives and the north and west of the Artibonite where ACT Haiti is present through LWF’s partner Federation Protestant d’Haiti and Service Chretien d’Haiti as well as DEA’s partner World Neighbours.

The details of the latest damage assessment as of 25 September are as follows:

Department
Dead
Missing
Injured
Affected
Sheltered
Houses destroyed
Houses damaged
Artibonite
1,251
1,005
2,600
236,426
9,500
4,287
Under
assessment
Centre
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
26
Nord
16
1
N/A
9,500
500
60
51
Nord-Ouest
62
50
1
53,000
48
124
94
Sud
1
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Total
1,330
1,056
2,601
298,926
10,048
4,471
171
Sources: DCP/OCHA

Description of the situation in the area of proposed response

Based on the assessments made by the Haitian Civil Defence, the Red Cross and ACT’s own evaluation, the ACT Haiti Committee decided to provide assistance to the following areas:

  • in Gonaives where the FPH and SCH have members.

  • in affected rural areas in the north and west of Artibonite, where Diakonie’s local partner is active.

Security situation in the area of proposed response

City of Gonaives: As the major roads to the areas of intervention have been damaged, Gonaives is isolated from the rest of the region and access and security are major concerns. Roads are opening to Gonaives, but there are security issues for the transportation of food or non-food aid, as well as security problems for warehousing of relief items. Communication is limited to radio or cell phone. Insecurity is aggravated by the lack of food items and the slow response to the crisis a few trucks carrying relief items have been attacked. In response the MINUSTAH is providing security to specific convoys twice daily and CARE has offered its warehouse facilities to other international agencies.

Rural Areas: No major security problems are recorded in the affected rural areas.

Criteria for selection of the location of the response

Three basic criteria will be followed in selecting the areas of response:

  • The most affected and poorest areas;

  • The areas where official aid is not sufficient and indiscriminate;

  • Areas where the ACT implementing partners have presence and institutional capacity.

IV. TARGETED BENEFICIARIES

Emergency Relief
Implementing partner
Place of Intervention
Beneficiaries
Type of population
Activities
FPH/ALEG Gonaives
5.200 families
Urban - Food supply
- Potable water
- Medicines
SCH/Convention Baptiste Gonaives
150 families
Urban - Non food items
- Medicines
Diakonie/World Neighbours Petite Riviere des Bayonnais,
Moulins,
Bas de Saut,
Bois de Lance.
5’000 people
Mixed groups of flood victims. - Medicines,
- Classroom supplies,
- Irrigation water;
- Road repair.

Rehabilitation
Implementing partner
Place of Intervention
Beneficiaries
Type of population
Activities
1.School cleaning & rehabilitation./ALEG Gonaives
4’000 pupils;
700 orphans;
400 laborers;
20 volunteers;
20 schools
- Pupils,
- Urban poor.
- Cleaning schools & immediate surroundings (cash for work),
- schools fees for orphans,
- Canteens,
- School kits,
- School furniture & Educational Materials
2. Agricultural rehabilitation. Diakonie/World Neighbours Petite Riviere des Bayonnais,
Moulins,
Bas de Saut,
Bois de Lance.
5’000 victims.
Mixed groups flood victims. - Soil conservation,
- Nurseries,
- Seed & tools bank,
- Micro-credit.

V. PROPOSED EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE & IMPLEMENTATION

Goal

To respond to the most immediate needs of the affected population and to allow a smooth transition from emergency to rehabilitation.

Objectives

  • To provide selected support to the population affected by the flood, with an emphasis on children’s needs;

  • To re-launch the organisational dynamics through the local churches

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