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The Children's Villages in Santo, near Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien are home to children from Haiti who face some of the poorest conditions in the world. SOS Children's Villages has been working here since 1982 and has also provided aid during natural disasters occurring in Haiti … more about our charity work in Haiti

Haiti update May 2012: Contributing to long-term recovery

Two sisters who came to live with SOS Children after the earthquake
Two sisters who came to live with SOS Children after the earthquake

Immediately after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, SOS Children stepped in to provide a comprehensive Emergency Relief Programme. This is an update on our work as we continue to help children and families to recover from the long-term impact of the disaster.

Two new SOS Children’s Villages

In the aftermath of the disaster, we provided care for over 450 unaccompanied children in our two existing SOS Children’s Villages in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haïtien. We were able to reunite 150 of these children with their biological families.

For the 300 children whose parents could not be found or lost their families in the earthquake, we continue to provide them with a safe place to stay. Plans are currently underway to build two new SOS Children’s Villages in Haiti, in Les Cayes and Croix-de-Bouquets, to provide them with a permanent home as part of an SOS family. Children are currently living in rented homes whilst they wait for the Villages to be constructed.

Support in the community

We continue to provide support for the 150 children we reunited with their biological families, as many continue to suffer difficult times. We are providing grants so that their children can go to school, and providing families with food packages to ensure they can meet their nutritional needs.

During the aftermath of the earthquake, we set up food distribution points, to ensure that 21,500 children from the most vulnerable families had access to an adequate diet. To contribute to the long-term recovery of the communities of Port-au-Prince, we transformed ten of these food points into community centres. The centres provide a comprehensive programme including day care, counselling services and educational assistance, to families of nearly 3,000 children.

Education

Before the earthquake struck, we had two SOS Schools in Haiti, in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haïtien. To provide even more children with an education in the months following the quake, we opened up our schools to new pupils. The SOS School in Port-au-Prince alone has provided 1,200 children with an education over the last year.

As part of our reconstruction efforts in the wider community, we are building two new SOS Schools, another in Port-au-Prince and one in Les Cayes, and are also refurbishing four state schools across Haiti. Ongoing teacher training will improve the quality of education and give more children more possibilities a good education brings.

How you can help

Every day we help children whose lives have been damaged by natural disasters, conflict, poverty, or disease. Please consider making a one-off or regular donation. You will be part of helping children grow up with the security, love, and respect that they need.

Find out more about our work in Haiti.