Hundreds of thousands in urgent need of humanitarian aid
WeWorld is supporting the emergency response in Haiti after a devastating earthquake hit the country, in coordination with other organizations on the ground.
More than 2,200 people have died and 10,000 have been injured since the powerful quake struck Haiti on 14th August, followed by the Tropical Depression Grace, which further aggravated the situation. The death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue operations for victims trapped under the rubble continue.
WeWorld, a member of ChildFund Alliance, is supporting the emergency response from its office in Port-au-Prince and is conducting a needs assessment in cooperation with the General Directorate of Haitian Civil Defence.
The organization has deployed a focal point to Nippes, one of the most affected areas to support UEPLM staff – another CFA member - to facilitate coordination and response operations, and help conduct a feasibility analysis for a cash transfer response to affected families.
Overall, 800,000 people are in need of humanitarian emergency aid. Thousands are homeless after more than 60,000 houses and buildings, including schools and hospitals, were destroyed.
“Several school buildings have been damaged and families affected by the earthquake, especially the most vulnerable, will find it difficult to ensure their children can continue their education,” said Fabio Checcacci, WeWorld Haiti Country Representative.
“Schools are expected to re-open in September. However, several children are at risk of losing yet another school year after they were unable to attend classes due to COVID-19 and social conflicts that have plagued Haiti since 2019," he concluded.