World Vision, already present in Haiti, sent staff and pre-positioned aid and immediately activated its Global Rapid Response Team to undertake the largest single-country emergency response in the organisation’s history.
The scale of destruction in such a high-density urban setting, combined with the loss of major government and administrative structures, presented an unprecedented situation with massive challenges in the transportation and coordination of aid. The degree of human suffering was staggering.
Amidst the complexities, World Vision, in partnership with local actors and other agencies, worked to meet the basic and urgent needs of children and their families and ease the distress of affected communities.
Emergency relief supplies such as food, water, shelter supplies, blankets, and cooking and hygiene kits were immediately distributed. Supplies were shipped into the damaged port while warehouses were set up in Jimani (on the Dominican Republic border) and Miami as storage points for the overflow of supplies en route to Haiti.
World Vision undertook a series of rapid assessments in Port-au-Prince and existing operational areas (La Gonave, North, Plateau Central, and South regions). Programming extended across all of these areas to help masses of people looking for refuge and livelihoods. World Vision also participated in inter-agency and United Nations (UN) assessments and the inter-agency Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) led by the Government of Haiti and the UN Cluster Survey Report
A programme design process ensured World Vision projects supported both host communities and earthquake-affected families. A baseline study helped to better understand the status and vulnerability of households and communities and gauge aid effectiveness.
Drawing on three decades of experience in Haiti, findings from assessments and a consultative programme design, World Vision developed an initial 90-day plan and an integrated 12-month response. Both prioritised child well-being, food assistance, livelihoods, health and nutrition, shelter, non-food items, water, sanitation and hygiene, and advocacy. Accountability, disability, environment, gender, disaster risk reduction and protection remain crosscutting parts of the programme.
Attached is the long-anticipated Haiti one-year report that will go into more detail.