Four years after the earthquake:
The Canadian Red Cross has taken a holistic approach in responding to the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. In addition to sharing expertise and resources with the Haitian Red Cross to help build its capacity to respond to future disasters, we are working alongside communities to develop programming that best fits their needs. This includes facilitating projects with shelter, health, violence and abuse prevention, and helping to reduce the risk of future disasters. Among these efforts, we have supported over 19,000 families with safe shelter solutions, provided over 300,000 families with door-to-door cholera prevention information and trained over 400,000 people on how to prevent and mitigate interpersonal violence.
Canadians can be very proud of how their donations have made a difference in the lives of earthquake survivors but even more so, they can be proud that their donations will continue making a difference in the years to come. The Canadian Red Cross recognizes that recovery is a marathon and not a sprint – and is committed to taking the time needed to properly invest in long-term and sustainable recovery operations for Haiti.
Highlights in how we are helping communities four years after the earthquake:
Shelter Program: Resettlement Project
Canadian donations have funded 9,412 shelter solutions for families through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. To meet the growing needs of internally displaced people in Port-au-Prince, the Canadian Red Cross is also supporting 2,125 families with cash grants for rental accommodations as part of the larger Red Cross Resettlement program. This initiative aims to decongest the camps and find safe longer-term shelter solutions for families.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
The Canadian Red Cross, with the Haitian Red Cross, Canadian health partners and the Government of Haiti, is implementing an integrated health program in the south east department of Haiti. The program improves the availability and use of quality services for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), as well as strengthens the resilience of communities in terms of community-based health and first aid.
Four years on from the devastating earthquake, the Canadian Red Cross continues to support communities in Haiti