Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on 4 October 2016 and was the most powerful hurricane to strike the country in over 50 years. The hurricane delivered devastating blows to the impoverished communities in the South-western Tiburon Peninsula and left 1.4 million Haitians including 592,000 children in need of humanitarian assistance. Approximately 175,500 have been displaced due to the hurricane, residing in temporary poorly structured shelters. Many families have had little financial resources to be able to afford building materials that will give them the opportunity to build back better.
IMPACT ON CHILDREN
Children are particularly vulnerable following the hurricane and facing higher protection risks. Poor shelter structures are putting vulnerable children at risk of exploitation and abuse. Approximately 1.25 million including 500,000 children are in urgent need of safe water and adequate sanitation which is further increasing the risk of water-borne diseases, including cholera.
Education has also been severely disrupted in Grand’Anse and Sud, 150,000 children are out of school and 58% of collective centres are using schools for accommodating displaced people.
•Gender sensitive measures must be carried out to address the specific needs of vulnerable women and girls particularly given that 44% of Haitian families are female headed households and majority of them living in acute poverty.
Save the Children provides immediate relief and longer-term recovery support to the affected population in the two of the hardest hit regions, Sud and Grand’Anse. We ensure the most vulnerable children and families affected by Hurricane Mathew are able to survive the emergency, to remain in their communities through access and use of essential shelter, WASH, health, nutrition and education services, and are protected from elevated risks of exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence. So far we have reached 98,561 people and 57,798 children through our response.
•3694 shelter kits have been distributed with emergency shelter covers, ropes and orientation on how to secure the roofing