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Haiti Fast Facts

› Provided 45 tents to Corail Camp and Tabarre Issa community for use as temporary schools as part of emergency education program UMCOR Haiti's programs focus on 10,000 vulnerable people in the Cap Haitien area.

› Donated locally made school furniture, including benches, teacher tables, chairs and chalkboards to transitional schools in Corail Camp and to tent schools in Tabarre Issa community as part of emergency education program.

› Shipped and distributed more than 17,000 school and health kits from UMCOR Sager Brown to UMCOR and the Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti.

› Supporting the provision of transitional, upgradeable and permanent shelter for 3,200 families.

Background

In September 2004, Northern Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Jeanne's high winds and heavy rains. The floods from the hurricane caused incalculable loss of human life and destruction to the economic basis of thousands of farmers, stock breeders and traders. More than 3,000 people, the majority of whom lived in the port city of Gonaïves, were killed by the storm and nearly 30,000 people were left without homes. The environmental effects of the hurricane were such that the floods produced rockslides and left mud up to two feet thick in the hardest hit areas. Further damage was caused in the region when another major storm, Hurricane Alpha, tore through Northern Haiti in November 2005.

United Methodists have had a long-standing relationship with Haiti through the Methodist Church of Haiti. The strong ties between the Methodist Church of Haiti and UMCOR helped in facilitating the opening of the UMCOR Haiti field office in 2005. One of the primary goals of UMCOR Haiti is to help the Hurricane Jeanne's survivors recover.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

School Construction

UMCOR implemented the construction of nine primary school classrooms in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and funded by Emergency Relief Response Fund, which is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The primary school, which opened January 2011, provides space for 900 children to return to school. Each of the classrooms has wheelchair access and can hold 50 students. The school day is split into two sessions, allowing 900 children to attend school at Camp Corail where some 10,000 Haitians have lived since the earthquake.

UMCOR supplied the classrooms with desks, chairs and other necessary materials. The structures are also some of the most secure on the camp and double as storm shelters when needed.

Construction of classrooms and water and sanitation facilities is also underway at schools in Tabarre near the Tabarre Issa camp to support integrated education for displaced and resident primary school-aged children.

Food and Water Distribution

Shortly after the earthquake, UMCOR worked in partnership with the Methodist Church of Haiti to distribute food to extremely vulnerable families as well as water purifying tablets to whole communities. Local churches helped identify the most vulnerable families in their communities to receive the food packets.

Non-Food Item Distribution

UMCOR is working to provide basic small solar kits which will include a small solar panel, solar charged light, phone charging connector, radio and rechargeable batteries to some 2,300 families residing in Corail camp in sector 3 and 4 to improve their protection and living conditions.

Livelihoods

UMCOR is partnering with BRAC to promote poverty alleviation by assisting the marginal, homestead-based, agricultural activities of 400 poor families in 5 locations of Haiti to promote their food security and sustainable income generating activities through agriculture and livestock interventions to 400 households.

Shelter

UMCOR is collaborating with BRAC, Habitat for Humanity, and International Relief and Development (IRD) to provide housing, which will benefit more than 16,000 individuals (3,200 families) in three separate locations with transitional, upgradeable, or permanent housing. 

PARTNERS IN OUR WORK

UMCOR Haiti works with a variety of partners to make our work possible. In addition to the private funds we receive through The United Methodist Church, we also receive support from the following:

Emergency Relief Response Fund managed by OCHA