Thank you so much for your support of this project. I’m writing to share some updates from ActionAid’s work in Haiti. We appreciate you taking the time to learn about and support our efforts.
Meet Ysnelle, a seamstress and mother of four. She’s also a first responder, trained by ActionAid to take vital steps to help her community if disaster strikes.
When the earthquake ravaged her country,she acted. Using the training and first aid equipment she received from ActionAid, Ysnelle checked on her neighbors and visited areas where homes had been flattened. As the aftershocks continued, she visited communities and provided guidance on how to rescue survivors trapped under rubble.
Ysnelle said it was a priority to get women and girls, including expectant mothers, into safe shelters because they were vulnerable to sexual violence, especially after the disaster. She and her colleagues made sure that there were designated safe spaces for women to sleep, gaining the trust of those who’d recently lost their homes. She added that it’s important to have women take part in responding to emergencies because, in the past, they have been sidelined, and men have often abused their power in those situations. Women leaders and first responders are driven by a genuine desire to care for their community and not by narrow personal interest.
Now more than ever, your commitment to Human Rights makes a difference. Thank you for your support and solidarity.