Haiti

Working With Children in Haiti



Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.



Security Crisis in Haiti

 
Haiti has been in a state of civil unrest since July 2018. Protests continue to erupt in cities across the country due to increases in cost of living, government corruption, and high inflation. Protesters are calling for the resignation of the Head of State. Schools, public administration and trade continue to be paralyzed from threats of violence, preventing citizens to move around freely.

The safety and security of children in our sponsor-supported communities are not affected for the moment, as the turmoil is centred in urban centres. However, roadblocks and general instability has caused travel restrictions to and between communities at this time.

As a result of inaccessibility and growing security concerns, sponsor visits to Haiti have been put on hold until further notice. Local staff have also advised that the processing of sponsor correspondence and Special Gifts will be delayed.

For more information on the situation in Haiti, please call us at
1-800-268-4888.
The people of Haiti are survivors. But deep poverty is compounded by devastating storms and lack of infrastructure. In this mix, one focus of our programs has been children’s education as we repair school buildings, support children’s studies and have been piloting some new education initiatives.

Addressing the health needs of children in Haiti is another priority. Farmers are trained in small-scale vegetable production and given access to tools and seeds so they can supply their families with nutritious food and generate an income through sales at local markets. We’ve also worked to strengthen local health clinics, helping more people to get the care they need, when they need it.

Your impact in Haiti

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in the past year:
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

 
  • 5,736 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 25 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 46 faith and community leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 37 support groups established to carry out local outreach on various child well-being topics
  • 4 plans of action were developed to enhance community development and child well being
  • 94 faith-based organizations participated in programs focused on improving child well-being
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
 
Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
 

  • 16 parents and caregivers learned about proper nutrition, common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 53 malnourished children have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 67 mobile clinics were conducted for community-based management of acute malnutrition activities
  • 402 home visits were conducted for community-based management of acute malnutrition activities
  • 14,674 people benefited from medical consultations and treatment in health facilities
  • 23,175 people including children benefited from food aid
  • 444 metric tons of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
 

  • 660 children are participating in clubs to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 456 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.
 

  • 11 new or improved water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 771 new or improved latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 1,656 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 1,897 community members were trained to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
  • 6 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water

Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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