The IRC in Haiti
When the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the International Rescue Committee immediately dispatched our emergency team to help. As the country slowly recovers and rebuilds, the IRC continues to work in camps and neighborhoods that lack basic services, assisting Haitians who are struggling to get by and helping them weather new disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.
How We Help
- The IRC provided emergency assistance to thousands of homeless earthquake survivors who endured Hurricane Sandy in deluged camps.
- The IRC is continuing to work to reunite children who were separated from their families after the 2010 earthquake with relatives.
- We provide “child-friendly spaces” as a refuge to children in crowded camps.
- To prevent the spread of cholera and other diseases, we are providing clean water, building and repairing latrines and washing facilities, promoting good hygiene practices, and managing waste.
- The IRC is working to prevent sexual violence against women and to protect and support survivors.
- We are mentoring adolescent girls, keeping them safe from sexual exploitation and offering new opportunities through such programs as financial literacy and skills training.