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The IRC in Haiti today
January 11, 2012 by The IRC
|Photo: Gerald Martone/IRC|
Two years after a devastating earthquake killed 200,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless in Haiti, the International Rescue Committee continues to aid survivors.
More than 500,000 people remain in crowded camps and settlements as the country slowly recovers and rebuilds. Conditions in the camps are deteriorating because funding for vital services like water, sanitation and protection is dwindling.
- IRC teams work not only in camps but also in neighborhoods that lack basic services. We focus on helping the most vulnerable, including single mothers, at-risk adolescents, separated or orphaned children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
- IRC teams continue to assist separated children in camps, orphanages and urban neighborhoods. The IRC has reunited nearly 800 separated families.
- IRC child friendly spaces remain a refuge to children in camps and must continue to be supported as long as children remain in the settlements.
- New programs for adolescent girls focus on mentoring them, keeping them safe from sexual exploitation and offering new opportunities through skills training.
- IRC teams continue sanitation services in camps – lifesaving programs that must be maintained until people are able to move.
- IRC teams are also repairing or establishing water points and latrines at health facilities, schools and in impoverished neighborhoods.
- Intensive hygiene education programs continues to help prevent the spread of diseases.
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