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.

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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:
  • 108 children and youth were trained on positive parenting techniques
  • 8 leaders were trained on positive parenting techniques
  • 98 people were given information about World Vision and our work for children

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Haiti funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 48,955 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 137,109 children learned about COVID-19 in age-specific ways
  • 5,537 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 42,740 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 48,955 people received information to help them cope with the stress and trauma of COVID-19

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Haiti, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020

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