World Vision is responding to the COVID-19 crisis internationally, but also at the local level within individual communities. Click here for an update from the UDICC Area Development Program in Haiti explaining how World Vision is helping children and their families respond within their local communities.
As part of their Make a Difference This Christmas initiative, the congregation of Smythe Street Church raised nearly $10,000 for the FreddyLink Water is Life fundraiser. These funds will be used in the Morne Pelee Area Development Program to to help provide safe and accessible water, construct water stations & latrines and rehabilitate wells to create real and lasting change for Haitian families.
Our fundraiser will contributes to the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) program, a key priority of World Vision Haiti in addressing poverty. Access to clean, safe water, and proper sanitation and hygiene, and key pillars supporting any community. Our contributions will build upon recent progress under the WASH program in Morne Pelee, including the examples below.
I am thankful to have a well with a hand pump in my neighborhood. We used to walk nearly 45 minutes to get water, but now it is available close to home”, says Aliette, 11 years old (blue shirt with anchor)
I am happy to have the chance to wash my hands at school. I will continue this practice to protect myself from germs and encourage my friends to do the same”, says Chalantia, 7 years old (washing her hands).
January 12 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. On January 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit an area about 25 kilometres from Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. In the aftermath of the disaster, between 220,000 and 300,000 people lost their lives and up to three million people were severely impacted, creating the worst humanitarian crisis the country has faced to date.
Ten years later, Haiti is still struggling to fully recover from the earthquake and subsequent natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
While progress has been made, some of the issues prior to the earthquake still persist in Haiti, such as weak political governance, lack of infrastructure, and limited access to basic resources. In 2019, widespread anti-government protests have shut down schools, businesses, and worsened humanitarian needs.
Despite all of this, there is hope. To date, World Vision continues to walk alongside Haitians to rebuild their nation by strengthening their communities. You can be a part of this work by sponsoring a child in Haiti. Child sponsorship helps provide vulnerable children with essentials such as food, clean water, education and health care.
To find out more, please click here.
According to Katherine Sentlinger, there is a severe water crisis in Haiti. She writes the following:
“As the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti has to deal with issues of poverty and water scarcity on a daily basis. According to a study conducted by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, “only 55.2 percent of the population has access to an improved water source, while close to 70 percent does not have direct access to potable water. These figures, however, almost definitely overstate Haitians’ access to improved water sources, since public systems are rarely available year round”. Access to clean, fresh water is a main concern in Haiti, where waterborne illnesses, such as typhoid, cholera, and chronic diarrhea, are the cause of more than half of the deaths in the country every year. Contaminated water is also one of the leading causes of childhood illness and the very high infant death rate in Haiti (57 for every 1000 births) .”
But, there is hope. You can help make a difference through the FreddyLink “Water is Life” fundraiser. We hope to raise $100,000 to help provide safe and accessible water, construct water stations & latrines and rehabilitate wells to create real and lasting change for Haitian families. Click here for more details.