Working With Children in Haiti

emergency-announcementWorld Vision is deeply concerned about the impact of Hurricane Irma on families in Haiti and is prepositioning basic food and hygiene items to meet the needs of affected families. We will also work to ensure that affected children are secure and supported in child-friendly spaces

For Canadians who want to make inquiries about how to help and the status of their sponsored children, please call toll-free 1-800-654-2650. For more information about our Hurricane Irma relief efforts, visit: http://www.worldvision.ca/stories/disaster-relief/hurricane-irma-update-and-facts
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 2016:
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • We established child protection clubs to teach children and youth about advocacy, civic responsibility and community decision making
  • 560 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 136 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 81 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • Hygiene support included the introduction of handwashing stations called Tippy Taps that families could build themselves with water containers and branches
  • 1,150 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 954 women and children in Haiti received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 166 malnourished children in Haiti were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy

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

  • We supported libraries and reading clubs, incorporating information on health and sanitation, for example, through books that teach the importance of handwashing.
  • 308 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 10 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 1 school was upgraded to provide a better learning environment for students

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • Adults were provided with business development training and access to start-up funding to get new enterprises off the ground and earning much-needed family income.
  • 933 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 200 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 332 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children

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