Children look at a tent blown down by the fierce winds of Tropical Storm Isaac when it struck Haiti on Saturday morning. Some 400,000 Haitians still live in tents and makeshift shelters nearly three years after an earthquake devastated Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.
Tropical Storm Isaac as it moved across the Caribbean toward Haiti on Thursday (Photo: NASA)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - 24 Aug 2012 -
As Tropical Storm Isaac bears down on Haiti, the International Rescue Committee is monitoring the situation and is ready to send teams already on the ground to assess damage and deliver emergency assistance to Haitians affected by the storm.
Isaac is expected to hit Haiti with gale-force winds and as much as a foot of rain when it makes landfall later today.
In Haiti, violence against women and girls has increased dramatically since the January 2010 earthquake. Along with our partner organizations in the Haiti Adolescent Girls Network, the IRC gives teenage girls safe places to go to talk with their peers and explore their feelings with trained counselors.
A look back at the IRC’s emergency response in Haiti
January 10, 2012 By
When the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan.12, 2010, the IRC sent a team to Haiti that provided clean water, sanitation and health care to survivors, and addressed the special needs of women and girls. Two years later, the IRC continues to work in camps and neighborhoods that lack basic services, assisting Haitians who are struggling to get by as their country slowly recovers and rebuilds.
Singer, actor and IRC VoiceJencarlos Canela recently visited International Rescue Committee programs in Haiti that are helping those who lost homes and loved ones in the massive earthquake of January 2010. Jencarlos had the opportunity to meet hundreds of children and their families who are still displaced nearly two years after the disaster. (Posted January 6, 2012)