As the full extent of the devastation in Haiti becomes known, children are not only unable to access basic necessities and medical care but are also facing a unique set of risks that make them particularly vulnerable, Save the Children is warning.
Up to 130,000 vulnerable children nationwide are estimated to be out of school following the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Matthew, Save the Children is warning. A number of schools supported by the charity have been damaged, and many others are being used as temporary shelters.
As the death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Mathew continues to mount by the hour, Save the Children has joined the ministry of health, other major humanitarian aid organizations and UN agencies in calling for an expedited response to the disaster, including providing immediate relief supplies to head off a catastrophic outbreak of cholera.
“Our first priority is to ensure that the thousands of children and families who have been badly affected are given the immediate assistance needed,” said Kevin Novotny, Save the Children’s Country Director in Haiti. “This includes keeping children safe and getting them back into school as soon as possible.”
We have recently launched a 3 year urban sanitation projects in Jacmel, southern Haiti, that is financed by the European Commission.
The Jacmel Field Office will join our Lekti se Lavni/Lire c’est L’avenir program, an innovative Creole and French literacy program that is founded on the principle that children are able to develop reading skills more easily and quickly in their native language.
The Reading is the Future program builds key literacy skills and the basics of the language.