EARTHQUAKE DEVASTATES HAITI

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Photographer: Plan International / Ifanise Saint-Vil
Rescue teams search for survivors after the earthquake.

SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN IN HAITI IS AT RISK. PLEASE DONATE.

A COUNTRY IN CRISIS

Haiti is facing a terrible combination of emergencies all at once. With the assassination of President Moïse, the political situation is extremely fragile, and gang violence is increasing. COVID-19 has brought health services in the country to its knees. With soaring food prices, hunger is widespread.

And now, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on 14 August — yet another devastating emergency — is taking a massive toll on girls and their families. The death toll has risen to more than 2,000 people, with thousands more injured, and both counts continue to climb.

Tropical Storm Grace has brought more destruction to the country, including increased damage and suffering in the areas impacted by the earthquake.

Child traffickers thrive in the chaos after an emergency. Many girls and boys become separated from their families. Education can be permanently interrupted. And girls are at greater risk of gender-based violence and early marriage.

Will you please donate today and help provide life-saving aid to help children in crisis?

Photographer: Plan International / Jean Reynald Dorzina Maxis

Mother takes her daughters to be screened for malnutrition. The earthquake has only exacerbated an existing food crisis in Haiti, where 22% of children are already chronically malnourished.

SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN IN HAITI IS AT RISK. PLEASE HELP.

When houses started to collapse and crack, I knew it was an earthquake. I was panicked, petrified and puzzled.

Ifanise, a Plan International youth volunteer, lives in the southern region of Haiti and witnessed the horrifying earthquake first-hand.

Describing her experience, she says: “I was in a car, when suddenly I saw people running, falling on the ground and a lot of dust – I couldn’t immediately understand why it was so dusty. In the following minutes, when houses started to collapse and crack, I knew it was an earthquake. I was panicked, petrified and puzzled.”

Photographer: Plan International
Ifanise, 23, witnessed the quake in Haiti firsthand.

WHAT YOUR GENEROSITY CAN DO

Together with our partners, we have been rapidly assessing the needs of communities on the ground, to identify the most effective ways we can support local communities to recover and rebuild.

Earthquakes of this magnitude turn children’s lives upside down. Many will have lost their homes or become separated from their families. We will prioritise the safety and protection of children in the aftermath of disasters like this – especially girls.

We know from experience that after an emergency, girls are more likely to drop out of school, to marry early, and to be at increased risk of exploitation and abuse.

Working through our partners we will focus our response on:

  • Child friendly spaces where children can safely play and will be provided with emotional support.
  • Fixing water points and latrines so that families have access to safe drinking water and can maintain good hygiene – which is particularly critical to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Providing dignity kits so girls can manage their periods with pride.

With thousands of children losing their homes and schools, we will work with our partners to build temporary learning centres so they can continue learning in the aftermath of the quake. But we can’t do this without you.

With your support, we can be ready to respond quickly whenever disasters like the Haiti earthquake strike, making sure your gift goes to where it’s needed most, as rapidly as possible.

Your generosity can help us to deliver life-saving services to those most in need. Will you please donate today?

Photographer: Plan International / Jean Reynald Dorzina Maxis
Plan staff member and partner assess school damaged by the earthquake in Nippes department.

WE MUST ACT NOW TO SAVE LIVES. WILL YOU HELP?