Resident selling vegetables in Parc Sainte Claire camp
23 April 2010
Haiti experiences frequent floods and has a history of extreme weather. Two years ago, hurricanes and tropical storms struck Haiti, killing hundreds of people.
This year the rainy season has arrived early, with a disastrous effect on the displaced earthquake survivors. Flooding has swept away temporary shelters, leaving hundreds of Haitians homeless once again.
“When rain comes into our tent, we have to try to sleep whilst standing up,” said Françoise Luc, a displaced earthquake survivor. The floodwaters also carry the threat of waterborne diseases, raising fears of an epidemic triggered by cramped living conditions.
A number of children have returned to school since they reopened earlier this month. However, with 5,000 schools damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, many children are still missing out. The Haitian Minister of Education is urging aid agencies to run education programmes in the worst-affected areas.
Hygiene and security
Three months on from the earthquake, we are completed the construction of drains, washing areas and showers in two of our camps and are finalising plans to improve facilities in Accra Nord camp.
Islamic Relief is improving facilities in Yasin Community Camp by providing residents with toilets, washing areas and showers, as well as a footbridge, drainage system and gravel to prevent flooding and the outbreak of waterborne diseases. As part of efforts to improve security for the residents, we are setting up a lighting system in the camp to help reduce the risk of assault.
Current and future projects
Islamic Relief has just launched a rubble clearance programme, which will create jobs for over 100 earthquake survivors and assist the reconstruction effort.
Plans are being finalising for Islamic Relief to construct three schools large enough to accommodate about 5,500 students whose schools were forced to shut as a result of the earthquake. This project will also generate jobs for 60 teachers.
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