Earthquake in Haiti

Child-protection and trauma-work after the earthquake
Country: 
Haiti
Region: 
La Saline, Port-au-Prince
Project Duration: 
28/01/2010 to 28/02/2010
Status: 
Completed
Donor(s): 
Don Bosco - Jugend eine Welt, Apotheker helfen e.V., HOPE'87
Project Description: 

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 have been displaced and 540.000 are living in camps.

Immediately HOPE'87, in cooperation with Jugend eine Welt - Don Bosco Austria, supported the poverty stricken country with a supply of emergency medical kits including bandages, medication and 1 million water purification tablets (donated by Apotheker helfen e.V. - Hilfswerk der Bayerischen Apotheker, Germany). Additionally HOPE'87 started and "education in emergency" intervention for 2.500 children funded by UNESCO Foundation - Education for Children in Need. The pupils from two schools have been supported by professional psychologists with therapeutic games, painting, singing, animation to overcome the deep trauma produced by the disaster. The school kids got one warm meal a day to supplement the poort nutritional situation. For security reasons the wall of the school premises were rebuilt to protect against robbery and gangs.