Three 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 three 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 over 300,000 internally displaced people in Port-au-Prince, the Canadian Red Cross is also supporting 2,089 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. The Resettlement program will enable over 5,000 families in Haiti to leave camps and return to safer housing through rental and livelihoods support. Estimates suggest up to 80 per cent of those still residing in camps were renters before the earthquake and this program focuses on rental and host family support.
Health Program: Haiti Health Conference
In October, 2012, the Canadian Red Cross, along with the Groupe de réflexion et d’action pour une Haïti nouvelle (GRAHN), hosted a health conference in Haiti to discuss key health issues, strengthen the Haitian government’s leadership in the sector and increase co-ordination among key health organizations and stakeholders. The event resulted in significant commitments, including making the Haitian health system more accessible by allowing free access to health services for children under five and pregnant women. In addition, over 10,000 community volunteers will be trained in Red Cross first aid and community health approaches.
Three years on from the devastating earthquake, the Canadian Red Cross continues to support communities in Haiti