News Archive 2016

Education and psychosocial care in Port-au-Prince

HOPE'87 and its partner Don Bosco started rebuilding the centre for street children "Lakou-Lakay" and the school "Marie Auxiliatrice" in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti and dedicated their work to the education and care of 2,100 affected children. Besides the emphasis on the continuation of education, the project included one hot meal per day for each child. Suffering from the earthquake and disaster, more than 1,500 children reaped the benefits from psychosocial care and several arts and sports activities for coping with their trauma.

Education as a pillar of reconstruction

Cité Soleil in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince is one of the biggest slums on the American continent inhabiting more than 300,000 people. After the heavy earthquake of the 12th January 2010, a school in Onaasch, a district in Cité Soleil, caved in and 600 children between 3 to 12 years lost the only nearby opportunity for essential education forcing them to march long distances in order to reach the next school in their neighbourhood, which is crowded and preventing efficient learning atmospheres.

Earthquake in Haiti

On 12th January 2010 an earthquake with the magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale killed about 230,000 people in Haiti. The epicentre was close to the overpopulated capitel of Port-au-Prince and totally destroyed large parts of the city. 3 million people were affected, out of which 2 million were displaced and 540,000 were living in camps afterwards.

Equal opportunities for marginalised girls

Thanks to the financing from the City of Vienna, two programmes were implemented that enabled young women with difficult family backgrounds, orphans and daughters of war victims to get involved in the socio-economic life of society and to be integrated in the labour market by improving their skills.

The first project successfully provided 90 female trainees with basic computer skills demanded by the labour market, such as Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop and Web design.

Equipment of the maternity ward "Brigitte Eickhoff"

The maternity ward "Maternité Brigitte Eickhoff" in Cité Mame Dior de Keur Massar was built in the years 2003-2004 with financial support of the Foundation UNESCO "Education for Children in Need" and of Ms Brigitte Eickhoff. The project was implemented by HOPE'87-Sénégal. Since its inception, the maternity ward has steadily improved in terms of quality of its services for the pregnant women and mothers with babies of this densly populated suburb of Dakar. The high number of female patients visiting the maternity ward is a clear signal for quality.

Construction, rehabilitation and equipment of the kindergarten Ouakam

This early childhood education project, focusing on children's learning through play, was situated in a poor area of Ouakam, a district of the capital Dakar, wedged between the international airport and the garbage dump.

It consisted of the expansion of the kindergarten building, the renovation of existing classrooms and of the roof as well as of providing child-friendly furniture and pedagogic material. The project was completed by a training for the social workers and volunteers responsible for managing the kindergarten.

Strengthening community participation in integrated early childhood development and support to the mother's fulfilment

HOPE'87-Burundi, with financial support from YOU Foundation - Education for Children in Need, RTL Foundation and Foundation "Vision for Children",implemented this project in Kivoga village. Activities focused on raising awareness in the community about the project and its components. The intervention concentrated on children between 0 and 5 years of age and complemented the achievements of the Gitaramuka school project to create opportunities for the children in terms of education and early childhood development.

Renovation and equipment of the paediatric clinic "Manfred Ulmer" of Joal

This renovation project began in January 2014 after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Joal and HOPE'87-Senegal. The project focused on the full reconstruction of roofs, windows and doors, the painting of the outside walls, as well as the complete restauration of the waiting rooms of the paediatric clinic in Joal.

Alongside these renovation measures, the Foundation UNESCO - Education for Children in Need supported the renewal of medical equipment in order to fulfil medical and technical standards.

Help for the children of Olovo

In mid-May 2014 and in August 2014, after heavy precipitation and continuous rainfall, 30% of the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered from major flooding and landslides, which had devastating effects on an already weak economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 950,000 people were displaced and at least 100,000 buildings and houses, including 230 schools and healthcare facilities were damaged or destroyed. The floods hit 36 municipalities in the Republika Srpska and 15 in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Emergency relief for storm affected people in Bogra district

Dozens of people have been injured and 42 killed when the Nor'wester lashed through Bangladesh on 4th of April 2015. The Nor’wester, an intense type of storm that occasionally occurs in Bangladesh and adjacent parts of India, was the first severe storm in the usual spring storm season. It lashed through Dhaka, Rajshahi, Bogra, Naogaon, Natore, Pabna, Sirajganj, Chapainawabaganj, Gaibandha, Sherpur, Manikganj and Narshindi districts in Bangladesh. Bogra was the worst affected district and several people were killed by collapsing walls and falling trees.