Storm relief programme in Haiti

The numerous tropical storms that have been hitting Haiti during the last two months have wreaked havoc on the population of this extremely poor country. SOS Children's Villages has now decided to do something about the situation.

According to the last report of the civil defence and the organization that is in charge of disasters in the country, the houses of 10.376 families have been destroyed, 77 people have died, 9 people are reported missing, 35 people are injured and there are considerable damages in materials, produce and others. It is also reported that most of the school and health centre facilities of the affected communities were seriously damaged and a large part of the crops has been lost.

The reopening of the schools has been delayed and it is unknown when they will open again. The water gets into many houses and many community centres. The parents worked very hard to drain the water from the centres. People are facing lack of food, drinking water and other basics.

The Regional Director of LACE Otto Brönniman has authorised 26,000 USD to be used for immediate emergency relief actions. The programme is scheduled to run over the next two months and support the 50 hardest-hit families of the Family Strengthening Programmes in the affected areas of Cap Haitién and Santo in particular. Help is to include packages with rations once every two weeks over a period of two months, since famine is currently the most immediate threat.