Nearly six months after 12 January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti the Disasters Emergency Committee has announced that it has raised £101m and that this money has so far funded emergency assistance to 1.2m people.
DEC Member Agencies have played a major role in meeting the most urgent needs of survivors but helping provide jobs, decent places to live and better public services remains an enormous challenge.
Over £30m has been spent already with the largest share of the money paying for water and sanitation (28%), emergency shelter (22%), livelihoods support (16%) and household items including soap, mosquito nets and water containers (14%).
The earthquake was so devastating largely because it hit Haiti’s desperately poor capital, Port-au-Prince, where 86% of people were living in poorly-constructed and tightly packed slums. Even before the earthquake only half of the people in Port-au-Prince had access to latrines and only one-third had access to clean tap water.
DEC Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said:
“In 35 years of humanitarian work I have never seen such a challenge confronting survivors of a natural disaster and the DEC agencies which are trying to help them.
“Shockingly, our provision of emergency latrines and clean water means that many people now have better water and sanitation services than before the quake. One measure of our achievement is that there has been no major outbreak of potentially deadly diseases such measles, cholera or diarrhoea.
“Providing decent shelter in a city choked with millions of tons of rubble is proving enormously difficult. People will need jobs to pay rent on properties that have yet to be repaired or rebuilt, at sites that have yet to be cleared, where the ownership of every scrap of land is likely to be hotly disputed.
“It is clear that we are only at the beginning of what will be a long and painful journey but that I know DEC member agencies are committed to do whatever is necessary to support the people of Haiti.”
Aid already paid for with DEC funds includes:
- clean drinking water for over 250,000 people
- emergency shelter for over 100,000 people
- the building 3,000 latrines
- over 2,500 ‘cash for work’ public service projects
- medical consultations for over 100,000 people
- supplementary feeding for 1,890 malnourished children
DEC funds will be spent over three years in total, rather than the usual two, but many Member Agencies will stay on well beyond that period using funding from other sources.
The members of the DEC and other NGOs will play a significant role in rebuilding Haiti but leadership must come from the Haitian government. Much of most urgently needed money from international government’s should be provided through the $US1.5 billion UN Flash Appeal but this remains only 60.4% funded.
save the children A series of short videos showing what our members have achieved and the challenge still facing them and the people of Haiti are being uploaded to our YouTube channel
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Notes to editors
The DEC Haiti Appeal will close at the end of July 2010 but donations can be made until then at www.dec.org.uk.
The DEC consists of: Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.
HAITI FACTS AND FIGURES
Disasters Emergency Committee – 10.07.10
Haiti before the earthquake
- More than 70% of people in Haiti were living on less than $US2 per day 86% of people in Port au Prince were living in slum conditions - mostly tightly-packed, poorly-built, concrete buildings.
- 80% of education in Haiti was provided in often poor-quality private schools, the state system generally provided better education but provided far too few places.
- Half of people in Port-au-Prince had no access to latrines and only one-third has access to tap water.
Impact of the 12 January earthquake
- Two million people living in the most affected area
- 220,000 dead
- Over 180,000 homes damaged or destroyed, 1.5m homeless
- There are now 19 million cubic metres of rubble and debris in PaP – enough to fill a line of shipping containers stretching end to end from London to Beirut.
- One and a half million people living in camps including over 100,000 at critical risk from storms and flooding
- There are over 1,100 camps and 54 of these are home to 5,000 people or more
- Over 600,000 people have left their home area in Port-au-Prince and mostly are staying with host families
Nearly 5,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed
Total Aid Effort
- UN Flash appeal for $US1.5 billion only 60.4% funded
- Enough emergency shelter, mostly tarpaulins, provided for 1.9 million people
- Three-quarters of the nearly 120,000 buildings that have been inspected so far can be lived in now or repaired
- Over 5,000 improved temporary shelters built with 125,000 planned
- 200,000 people have received cash or food for public work
- One emergency toilet now provided for every 200 survivors
- 300 truck loads of rubble and debris a day being cleared
- Total estimated cost of rebuilding is $US11.5b, taking 5-10 years
- There has been no major outbreak of potentially deadly communicable diseases such as measles, cholera or diahorrea
- The DEC Appeal has now raised £101m – two-thirds directly and one-third through its member agencies – which will be spent over three years
- DEC agencies and their partners have nearly £380m to spend in total from all sources
- DEC funds have provided help to 1.2m people so far
- Over 100,000 medical consultations
- Over 100,000 people provided with emergency shelter, mostly tarpaulins
- Over 250,000 people provided with clean drinking water
- 1,890 malnourished children supported by supplementary feeding
- Over 3,000 latrines built
- Over 2,500 thousand projects to provide cash for work.