Immediately following the earthquake, Relief International (RI) entered Haiti to provide rapid humanitarian response, which evolved into a basic primary health and water, sanitation and hygiene program. RI also responds to the needs of displaced families by providing transitional shelter, rubble removal and training in disaster risk reduction. RI Haiti is beginning implementation of a child protection program, which will establish 16 child friendly spaces in multiple communities and major IDP camps. RI is also establishing women’s centers to provide protection and empowerment programs for earthquake-affected women and girls. Since its initial humanitarian response, RI’s goals are shifting to respond to longer-term needs of Haitians in the areas of livelihoods, education, child protection, and women’s empowerment. Our current programs include:
EMERGENCY AND TRANSITIONAL SHELTER - RI is providing displaced families with a shelter package to help them begin rebuilding their homes.
CHILD PROTECTION- RI is providing four major IDP camps and 12 communities with permanent child friendly spaces. Further, RI will establish and train Community Child Protection Committees in all communities to organize educational and recreational activities for boys and girls who have experienced psychosocial distress and/or who have been unable to return to school. A health component will be integrated into the child friendly spaces ,
WOMEN’S CENTERS - RI is establishing a women’s center in the Croix des Bouquets commune. This center will provide a safe and accessible place for women and girls.
MULTI-SECTORAL ASSISTANCE TO EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED POPULATION - RI's mobile clinics and medical staff have established 3 public health facilities. In addition, RI made water and sanitation improvements to 3 public health clinics and built 500 improved emergency latrines in 58 IDP camps, employing cash for work laborers.
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