Five 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.
How we are helping communities five years after the earthquake:
Shelter Program: Resettlement Project
In spring 2012, the Canadian Red Cross completed a major milestone in its recovery operations by completing over 7,500 homes in Jacmel and Leogane that meet or exceed standards to withstand another earthquake or a category 3 hurricane.
In addition to providing longer-term shelter to families left homeless by the earthquake, the Canadian Red Cross, with support from the Government of Canada, has provided over 19,000 families with safe shelter solutions such as tents and shelter kits. Canadian donations have also funded an additional 9, 400 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, in 2013 the Canadian Red Cross also supported over 2,000 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.
Today, the Canadian Red Cross has contributed $94 million towards providing families with new and improved shelter solutions.
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 $35 million 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.
Project activities include working to rebuild the Saint-Michel departmental hospital in Jacmel that was damaged during the earthquake, rehabilitating four health centres, training health care professionals and local community volunteers, health awareness programming, and strengthening institutional capacities of the Ministry of health in terms of planning, management and evaluation.
Five years on from the devastating earthquake, the Canadian Red Cross continues to support communities in Haiti