Haiti 2011 Update : A Year of Hardships, Growth and Hope
This past year showed many hardships in Haiti.
January 12 marks the one year anniversary of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that killed 230,000 people and left 1 million people homeless. With cholera outbreaks and political riots, Haitians suffered loss in 2010 on multiple levels.
Haiti also experienced recovery and renewed hope. Motivated by Christ's love for the vulnerable, Food for the Hungry created programs to assist Haitians in rebuilding their lives and create dreams for 2011. Here are a few stories of how Haitians are working with FH to rebuild their lives.
Moms learn about health and hygiene
Jean Mesidor is one of 3,000 mothers trained to teach others about health and hygiene. Currently, 27,000 women are educated and practicing hand-washing, healthy food preparation, and trained in cholera prevention and treatment. Jean is using a tippy tap (pictured left), which is a hand-washing station used to prevent the spread of disease.
Haitian kids find safety in child friendly spaces
With streets and homes turned to rubble, Food for the Hungry created child friendly spaces (CFS) for kids. Approximately 10,000 children enjoy activities in CFS areas that are clear of debris, surrounded by fences and house a large tent for activities. Staff members assist kids in healing from trauma and teach them about Christ's love. Children also sing songs, play, pray, recite poetry, and learn to laugh again.
Shelters provide homes for displaced families
Tiophin Ladiny and his family joined the 1 million people left homeless after the earthquake. FH partnered with Samaritan's Purse to build 1,500 shelters in Siloe, a semi-urban community near Port-au-Prince. FH's unique program builds temporary shelters on homeowner's land, so families can stabilize their property and leave tent camps. Tiophin and his family have cleared the rubble from their destroyed house and hope to rebuild in 2011.
Cash-for-work program helps families earn income
Oudy Meralus used to be a math and French teacher in secondary school. Now he searches for whatever work he can find to provide for his family. Oudy participated in Food for the Hungry's cash-for-work program. The program hired 6,000 men and women to clear rubble from 1,241 plots of land and repair miles of road in Siloe.
FH Quick Facts for 2010:
- Medical supplies provided to five hospitals and two health centers. Mobile health clinics served more than 20,000 people immediately after earthquake.
- 4,000 families received hygiene kits; hundreds of families received water filtration systems; and approximately 10,000 families received packaged meals immediately after earthquake.
- 1,500 transitional houses built.
- 3,000 women trained about health and hygiene and 27,000 women taught healthy practices.
- 62 child friendly spaces built and 1,290 volunteers and 151 community leaders trained to help children.
- Taught families and community leaders how to protect children from abuse and exploitation in communities where child trafficking occurs.
- 5,197 children registered and 3,100 sponsored in child development program.
- 117 latrines built and 1,000 hand-washing stations installed.
- 6,000 workers hired in cash-for-work program.
Sara Sywulka, who arrived in Port au Prince 2 days after the earthquake and led FH's relief response, shares her reflections on the quake and the current situation on the ERU blog.
Dreams for 2011
Thank you so much for your support in 2010. Through your faithful giving, Haitians are starting to rebuild their lives. For the upcoming year, Haiti continues to need support. Consider partnering with Food for the Hungry to assist Haitians in rebuilding their lives.
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