It has been five years since that fateful day that catastrophe struck and devastated the lives of an entire population. Thanks to the support of donors like you, our partner organizations are still able to work hard to put back the pieces of the puzzle that fell when Haiti experienced an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude. Here is a glance of the impact GlobalGiving partner organizations have had in Haiti.
When the earthquake hit The International Medical Corps was quick to respond. At the peak of International Medical Corps’ emergency response, volunteer doctors and nurses saw as many as 1,000 patients a day while simultaneously training Haitian counterparts. They continued on to establish 13 primary health clinics in displacement camps and earthquake-affected areas throughout Haiti providing some 350,000 medical consultations as well as mobilizing over 400 medical volunteers across the United States. Committed to promoting self-reliance and laying the foundation for long-term and sustainable projects, International Medical Corps has launched a Continued Medical Education Program in Haiti.
Partners In Health and its sister organization Zanmi Lasante continue to make their presence felt in Haiti. In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health they began construction on the University Hospital in Mirebalais. Today, University Hospital is an innovative, national teaching and referral hospital that is equipped to provide advanced, high-quality health care while training Haiti’s next generation of health professionals and driving economic growth throughout the region. Since its opening in March of 2013 this hospital has seen over 100,000 patients, employed 807 Haitians from communities in and around Mirebalias, housed 200 staff, and stimulated economic growth. This is evidenced by the research of PIH/ZL and the Haitian Ministry of Planning’s Centre de Techniques de Planification et d'Économie Appliquée which have quantified the ‘multiplier effect’ University Hospital has across sectors of the Haitian economy; they found that for every $1 invested into University Hospital, $1.82 is returned to the local economy.
Lambi Fund has been actively involved in the betterment of communities since 1994. In the past 20 years, they have worked with 250 Haitian organizations and have witnessed rural communities take charge and make a difference even in the absence of infrastructure and government support. Moreover, they have planted 422,000 new trees, added 1021 goats to the herd and launched the construction of 20 new cisterns in drought-ridden Jean Rabel, in the locality of Dityet, Mawotye, and Lakoma. In alignment with their continuing focus on sustainable growth, they have put the emphasis on skills and management training.
Your donations have had a direct impact on the lives of countless Haitians, and for this we are infinitely grateful. Although progress is undeniable, there is still plenty of work to be done! We urge all of our kind donors to continue supporting our organizations in the rebuilding of Haiti. As Haitians would say, Mesi Anpil. Merci. Thank you!
Thank you for your continued support for Relief for Syrian Refugees Fund. The winter in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan has been particularly harsh. Millions of displaced Syrians have been blanketed by snow or buffeted by strong winds and rain. Luckily, many projects have been able to alleviate some of the suffering thanks to your generous donations.
The Mercy Corps team has been working hard to keep families warm in two of Jordan’s refugee camps. They have been providing heaters and distributing coats, shoes and warm boots to children in the Zaatari camp. MercyCorps’ dozen child-friendly spaces have remained open, serving as great spots for families to shelter from the cold and regain a sense of normalcy in their lives. Each day, hundreds of children meet at these spots to play, take dance or martial arts classes, exercise at the gym, or learn computer skills.
Relief Internationalhas continued its excellent work spreading its Accelerated Learning Program to 24 schools, 5 learning centers, and more than 7,000 children across northern Lebanon. One of the students that RI has helped is 12-year-old Zeinab.* She was a distinguished student in Syria, but the trauma of the war and the memories of her ruined home impeded her ability to concentrate on school work. Relief International’s tireless staff works with Zeinab and students like her to help them regain their interest in education and move towards a brighter future
Oxfam America expanded its operations by teaming up with the Syrian Ministry of Water Resources and UNICEF to provide clean water to millions of Syrians. They brought clean water to people in Syria by repairing water systems, building wells, and importing generators to power water treatment plants. Meanwhile, they have distributed clean drinking water, relief supplies like blankets and stoves for warmth, and legal and /human rights advice.
As one refugee working with the World Food Program USA stated, “Hunger doesn’t just destroy your body. It destroys your soul, your mind and your faith in the world.” That is why World Food Program USA has continued their work dispensing food vouchers to Syrians in need. They have met the food needs of 4 million displaced people inside Syria and almost 1.8 million refugees in neighboring countries.
Despite their success, WFP was unable to provide food vouchers to 1.7 million Syrians due to lack of funding. This means that there is still more to do! Please consider donating to the fund again, or set up a recurring donation. Your donations will help keep a Syrian child healthy, happy, and warm.
Thank you so much for your continued support!
One of The Safer World Fund’s projects, Save Rural Afghan Women & Children With Healthcare, is doing important work to encourage women to give birth in a clinic rather than at home. A recent update from the project’s parent organization, the Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL), tells us that the project has provided thousands of women with reproductive health education through the AIL clinics and Community Health Workers posts. Offering women the opportunity to give birth in an AIL clinic is one aspect of that education.
One woman who gave birth at an AIL clinic said, “I lost my two other babies while giving birth at home because my husband’s family never trusted in clinics. Then last week an AIL Community Health Worker came to my house. She spoke with my husband and his family about the dangers of delivery at home. Moreover, she explained the reason why my other two babies died. Fortunately, she was able to convince them to let me go to the clinic for the birth. Now I am in the clinic with my baby daughter who is alive and the doctor says she is fine. My husband is so happy and he is so sorry for not letting me come to clinic for last two births. He is now believing in AIL health services. I also thank AIL for saving my baby girl’s life. And I am going to tell this story to all my relatives and family in order to change their negative minds.”
The Safer World Fund is pleased to provide a 2-for-1 match for the Healthcare project as well as seven other projects that support education, training, and health care for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thank you for supporting women and girls, as well as men and boys, so they can lead lives of opportunity and hope.