Photo: Haiti, Concern Worldwide.
CONCERN’S AID EFFORT:
Managed humanitarian and protection services in 15 camps, benefitting 55,000 displaced people in Port-au-Prince
Provided emergency shelter materials to 98,877 people affected by the earthquake. This included the building of 1,484 transitional shelters providing temporary homes for 7,420 people.
Provided 75,000 people with access to clean water and sanitation
Delivered critical services and support to more than 30,000 children under the age of five and over 11,000 pregnant women
Provided 42,681 people with a source of income through cash-for-work opportunities, such as rubble removal, drain-clearing, and garbage collection
Provided basic education to more than 15,000 children by rehabilitating 33 schools and setting up 5 temporary learning spaces, as well as training teachers and supplying classrooms with learning resources
127,476 people living in rural areas have benefitted from activities to restore agricultural production, rehabilitate homes and repair damaged community water facilities.
Reached 147,000 people through public awareness campaigns and cholera prevention activities. Concern distributed 80,000 treatment kits to 68 access points in the most vulnerable urban and rural areas.
Two years after the horrific earthquake that stunned the world and left Haiti literally paralyzed, the country is on the long road to recovery. The massive international humanitarian response has yielded significant progress: two thirds of the 1.5 million people made homeless by the disaster are no longer living in tent camps; more than 400,000 people are employed through cash-for-work initiatives; and an estimated four million cubic meters of rubble has been cleared from Port-au-Prince.
In the past two years, Concern Worldwide has provided over 237,000 people with lifesaving humanitarian assistance, including shelter, water, sanitation, food, essential relief supplies, cash-for-work, health services, and prevention and treatment of malnutrition and cholera. On the ground in Haiti since 1994, Concern responded to the earthquake within the first 48 hours, meeting the immediate survival needs of families.
RESTORING DIGNITY & SELF SUFFICIENCY
Today, we are working to empower the poorest earthquake survivors and displaced families with the resources and skills they need to break the cycle of poverty and charter more prosperous and productive futures. Concern is helping displaced families find long-term accommodation and move out of makeshift camps. We are also working with the poorest to improve income opportunities and access to education and to rehabilitate communities by strengthening water and sanitation infrastructure, health care, and reducing vulnerability to future disasters.
In the past two years, Concern has provided 42,681 people with a source of income through cash-for-work opportunities, 75,000 people with clean water and sanitation facilities, and health and nutrition services for 30,000 children under five.
Concern’s priority for “tomorrow,” will be our “Return to Neighborhoods” program, which empowers displaced people to leave camps and find longer term accommodation. The program also delivers small business training, financial support, and education vouchers to help people earn income and get their children back in school. The government of Haiti singled out Concern’s approach as an example of best practice and consulted our model in the development of its national recovery strategy. By the end of 2012, Concern aims get more than 14,000 displaced people into long-term housing.
EDUCATION: THE KEY TO TRUE RECOVERY
Concern is working to ensure that the potential of Haiti’s next generation is not lost because of this disaster. Currently, half of Haiti’s children are not enrolled in school and 9 out of every 10 schools in earthquake-affected areas were severely damaged. Even before the disaster, nearly 80 percent of Haiti’s schools were private, making education out-of-reach for the majority of Haitians who live on less than $2 a day.
Concern is working to strengthen the education system in Haiti by building and rehabilitating schools training teachers, and providing basic primary education in temporary learning centers in camps. In the past two years, Concern has provided 15,000 earthquake-affected children in Haiti with access to education.
Education, food, income, health care, shelter – these are all fundamental human needs and rights. Just as it has over the past 17 years, Concern will continue to work side by side with Haitians to ensure that the poorest have access to these essentials of a decent standard of living are able to meet their basic survival needs with dignity.
OUR CONCERN REBUILDS LIVES
We would like to thank all the donors and funders who have supported Concern Worldwide’s emergency and long-term development work in Haiti over the past two years. We have received grants and donations from over 25 institutions, foundations, philanthropical organizations, businesses, and community groups, and from tens of thousands of members of the public. There isn’t space to name all of you here, but we want you to know that every penny counts, and that we would not have been able to provide a lifeline to the people of Haiti without your contributions.
Together, our Concern works. Thank you.
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