ACT Appeal Haiti: Emergency response to Hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike - LAHT81, Revision 1


Appeal Target: US$ 1,429,428

Balance Requested from ACT Alliance: US$ 5,750

Geneva, 15 October 2009

Dear Colleagues,

From August 15 to September 8, 2008 all 10 departments of Haiti were hit by 1 or more of 4 tropical storms and hurricanes, namely Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike. The damage was extensive. According to the official statistics of October 2008, 793 people were killed, and 310 persons reported missing. Altogether 165,337 families have been affected, 22,702 houses destroyed and 84,625 damaged. School opening which was due on September 8th was postponed by government decree for one month due to complete/partial destruction of school structures, affecting at least 40,000 children. Some schools were used as temporary shelters. Agricultural land and crops were destroyed and a significant amount of livestock lost. Infrastructure, such as water and sanitation, telephone and electrical systems, roads and bridges were damaged making access to many areas impossible and hampering aid efforts, economic activities, access to food and health care.

The ACT alliance responded to the disaster as soon as a rapid assessment could be done through a preliminary appeal issued on 10 September 2008. Detailed assessments resulted in the issuing of the full appeal on 11 November 2008.

Christian Aid is working together with its partners KORAL and GRAMIR. KORAL is assisting families in the departments of West, South and Nippes with scholarships, school material, seeds, tools and animals. GRAMIR is assisting farmer families with distribution of seed, tools and training in farming and breeding. Beneficiaries targeted amount to 4,000 families.

LWF, together with its implementing partners CODAB, FPH, CHAAB and SCH is currently working on the rehabilitation of secondary roads connecting the households to markets in the South East Department, the rehabilitation of schools in Gonaives, and the protection of water catchment in the South East Department. In addition, LWF partner SCH is repairing houses and distributing seeds to affected farmers. The number of beneficiaries amount to a minimum of 30,000 persons.

HEKS/ EPER together with its implementing partners is providing support to rehabilitation of homes, replanting of crops and supply of tools for farmers and beekeepers. A total of 965 families are targeted.

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) is repairing damaged houses, rehabilitating school buildings and providing payments of school fees for 150 children. The component is expected to benefit 600 families and 900 school children.

This revision is being issued to show LWF and DKH increased budget, as the amount of funds received is higher than originally planned for. Both components were also extended. As for Christian Aid, a third partner, VETERIMED, was originally included in the ACT appeal. However, it was later decided to implement this particular component outside of the ACT appeal.

The appeal has been fully coordinated among ACT members at the ACT forum. Members adhere to the Code of Conduct of Humanitarian Aid. The members have monitored the implementation at peer level and made sure that duplication was avoided.

LWF and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe component have been funded much above target and a revision has therefore been made for these portions.

The appeal was well coordinated by the Forum and well funded along the implementation. The Forum plans to undertake a facilitated review of the appeal after completion date. The review will be funded partly with funds included in the budgets under CAID and LWF, partly funded through additional fund. CAID will be be in charge of managing the review, recruit the facilitator and provide a report to the alliance after completion. ACT CO will provide technical support to the review.

Project Completion Date:

Christian Aid: 30 September 2009 – extended to 31 October 2009

Lutheran World Federation: 31 July 2009 – extended to 31 October 2009

EPER / HEKS: 31 July 2009

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe: 15 April 2009 – extended to 31 August 2009

Reporting schedule
Reports due
Review /
Christian Aid
Christian Aid
Interim narrative
& financial
30 April 2009
28 February 2009
28 February 2009
15 January 2009
Final narrative
& financial
15 January 2010 31 December 2009
31 December 2009
30 September 2009
31 October 2009
Audit 31 January 2010
31 January 2010
31 October 2009
30 November 2009

Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested
Appeal Targets
Less: Pledges/Contr. Recd
Balance Requested from
ACT Alliance

* The HEKS and DKH components are both over at the time of issuing the appeal revision 1, therefore, they are not included in the total balance requested.

** CAID (2,915 US$) and LWF (3,500 US$) have both put aside funds received for their component in order to transfer them to the appeal review. The amounts reflected here already take this transfer into account.

The budget for the review will be managed by CAID.

Please kindly send your contributions to either of the following ACT bank accounts:

US dollar
Account Number - 240-432629.60A
IBAN No: CH46 0024 0240 4326 2960A

Euro Bank Account Number - 240-432629.50Z
IBAN No: CH84 0024 0240 4326 2950Z

Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
8, rue du Rhône
P.O. Box 2600
1211 Geneva 4, SWITZERLAND
Swift address: UBSWCHZH80A

Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (jkg@act-intl.org) and the Programme Officer, Michael Zschiegner (mzs@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.

For further information please contact:

ACT Director, John Nduna (phone +41 22 791 6033 or mobile phone + 41 79 203 6055) or

ACT Program Officer, Michael Zschiegner, (phone +41 22 791 6420 or mobile phone +41 79 608 8133)

Robert White
Deputy Director, ACT Co-ordinating Office