On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook Haiti and shaped a generation. While its duration was brief, the devastation it caused continues to affect the people of this small country -- the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Three years later, Haiti is still in repair, but not without hope.
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The Haiti quake was nothing short of catastrophic: 1 in 3 people were affected. Nearly a quarter of a million lives were claimed in the disaster. Another 300,000 people were injured, and 1.5 million were left homeless.
In short, it was an unprecedented disaster, so World Vision answered with an unprecedented response. As time has gone on, the response has transitioned from emergency relief to long-term development.
Here are some of the ways that World Vision has been serving children and families in Haiti:
>> Helped more than 2.5 million people receive emergency food in the initial phase of the response
>>Provided emergency shelter for more than 40,000 families and long-lasting transitional shelters for over 14,600 people
>>Transitioned 2,748 households -- close to 11,000 people -- out of World Vision- managed camps and offered education, livelihood support, and life skills and business training to help families rebuild their lives
>> Cared for 7,700 children in 30 camp-based play and educational centers
>> Reunited over 1,000 children with their families
>> Equipped 14 hospitals with life-saving supplies, enabling them to treat 412,500 cases of injury and illness
>> Operated a dozen mobile and static health clinics, treating 109,000 patients
>> Reached more than 300,000 people with cholera treatment and prevention efforts (98 percent of all cholera cases were treated successfully)
>> Provided drinking water to 56 camps and communities and worked with 68 water point committees to ensure community ownership of local water supplies
>> Ensured that 90,000 people had access to mobile latrines and 132,000 people had a hygienic place to shower
>> Gave nearly 600,000 people essential household supplies, such as tarps, blankets, mosquito nets and flashlights
>> Provided 2,700 people with business development training and access to start-up funding for new business venture
>> Helped boost school attendance among surveyed households from 80 percent to 90 percent over the lifetime of the response
Stefan Pleisnitzer, World Vision's regional leader for Latin America and the Caribbean, sums up the progress that has been made in three years:
"There is hope in Haiti. You can see it in classrooms, where more children are returning to school every day. You can hear it in their voices, as they share their hopes and aspirations for the future. Haiti’s children are starting to dream again, and that should give all of us hope as we face the challenges ahead."
Help bring life-saving food and care to children and families in Haiti. Haiti has long suffered the ravages of hunger. Living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, life is a constant struggle for the children of Haiti. But you can help. Thanks to government grants, your gift will multiply three times in impact to help provide life-saving food, agricultural support, healthcare, and other necessities for hungry children and families in Haiti.