Haiti

Working With Children in Haiti



Haiti Earthquake 2021 Relief Efforts 

Devastating natural disasters in Haiti – a massive 7.2-magnitude earthquake followed by tropical depression Grace – have wreaked havoc in the country. With 2,100 people reported dead, over 12,000 injured, and hundreds more missing, as well as 100,000 homes and 130 schools destroyed, the people of Haiti are struggling to get back on their feet. And this comes on top of an already fragile security situation and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

World Vision Canada is organizing relief and rebuilding efforts to help. Learn more about our response.
 



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:
  • 6,722 children and adults participated in trainings on child protection, including gender-based violence, positive parenting, children's rights and early marriage.
  • 11 community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and other community partners were actively working for the wellbeing of children.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
 
  • 23 malnourished children recovered their health because of nutrition treatment.
  • 3 children benefitted from community health screenings, home visits and health centre referrals for children under five. 
  • 53 malnourished children, together with their caregivers, were registered in community-based nutrition rehabilitation workshops.
  • 11,878 people learned how to protect themselves against COVID-19 through awareness sessions.
  • 275,000 protective medical items were provided for health professionals and families, including medical masks, gloves, surgical gowns and eye protection
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 5 communities were certified as open defecation free, meaning they have shifted to using toilets rather than defecating in the open.
  • 2,870 people had access to handwashing facilities at home or school.
  • 6,233 people were trained or involved in community water, sanitation or hygiene initiatives.
  • 297 training and awareness sessions on water, sanitation and hygiene were conducted.
  • 1 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) committees were established or reactivated, with training for members.
  • 217 sanitation facilities, including latrines and garbage disposals, were constructed or updated in schools, homes and health centres.
  • 9 water sources were constructed, rehabilitated or improved, providing safe water for children and families to drink.
  • 20 hygiene kits distributed to support people's health and cleanliness.

Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors

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