Disaster Relief and Recovery

Children in IDP camp, Port-ua-PrinceTuesday, 12th of January, 2010 was a devastating day for Haiti and its people.

The earthquake lasted just 42 seconds, during which time over 250,000 people were killed, and 1.5 million people were made homeless, 75% of the buildings in the capital city of Port au Prince were reduced to rubble, including the Presidential Palace.

Haven responded to the disaster by focusing resources on providing those displaced by the earthquake with shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions, attending relevant UN cluster meetings and creating partnerships with long established international aid organisations.

How is Haven helping?

IDP Camp, Port-au-PrinceWith their existing network in Haiti, Haven was in an ideal position to help with the initial disaster relief in Port au Prince and the ongoing rehabilitation. Working with other major aid agencies Haven has taken a lead in providing for the needs of the people affected by the earthquake with regards to shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Haven has contributed towards developing strategies for the above: identifying needs and best practice, addressing the unique needs of the crisis and agreeing a plan for implementation.

In brief, throughout Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in Port-au-Prince Haven is providing:

  • Hygiene Promotion Workshops
  • Latrines
  • Shower Cubicles
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Community Shelters
  • Cholera Mitigation
  • Training and Employment

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