Helping communities in Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew
In Haiti’s cholera crisis, breastfeeding is the best protection for children
ARTIBONITE, Haiti, 2 September 2015 – “Steve is my fourth child. He just reached his ninth month and has never been sick. Like all my children, I only gave him my milk during the first six months after his birth,” says Roselene, 25.
In Haiti’s cholera crisis, getting from despair to hope
ARTIBONITE, Haiti, 27 August 2015 – “In the past, many people here got very sick. My friend got cholera – she almost died,” says Maria, 12 years old. She lives in the commune of St. Michel d’Attalye, in Haiti’s Artibonite department.
In Haiti, 15 new schools bring better learning to remote areas
BOUCAN, Haiti, 21 January 2015 – “Each one of these schools is an orchestra, and everyone has an important role to play. If we all play our instruments together and play them well, we can create a beautiful symphony,” says Ecclésiaste Télémaque, Deputy Director of the Haitian Ministry of National Education and Professional Training.
In Haiti, a long walk for education
BEUDORET, Haiti, 16 December 2014 – The eyes of Joel Matthieu, 35, light up when he talks about his love for teaching. He makes a lot of sacrifices every day, starting with the 90-minute journey he takes every day on foot and motorcycle over precarious roads to reach Beudoret, a small locality in Haiti’s North department.
Step by step towards a Haiti free from cholera
PETITE RIVIERE DE L'ARTIBONITE, Haiti, 7 October 2014 – Stephanie has had diarrhoea for three days. Her mother Asseline Jean-Louis has brought the 22-month-old girl to the health centre in Petite-riviere d’Artibonite. It’s been a long dusty walk in the 35 ˚C heat from their home in the commune of Dessalines.
Foot soldiers in Haiti’s fight against cholera
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 March 2014 – Jean Petit Marseille, Coordinating Engineer in Central District for Haiti’s department of water and sanitation (DINEPA), believes so strongly in the work of his team that he calls them “foot soldiers” in the fight against cholera.
Penetrating the remotest areas of Haiti to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus
MILORD, Haiti, 7 March 2014 – Marlène Jean’s face is stoic, as the needle punctures her flesh. She is among dozens of women receiving their third vaccination. Haiti is carrying out a nationwide campaign against maternal and neonatal tetanus. Marlène Jean’s village of Milord is in South-East department.
How Haiti combats cholera
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 27 December 2013 – The cholera treatment centre of Camp Perrin has a young patient with a suspected case of cholera. Exile Sylveus Junior and his team race to the scene in in Les Cayes, south of Port-au-Prince.
Evaluating the impact of P.L.A.Y. in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 7 October 2013 – “Listen! And repeat!” I hear a teacher call out as I stand in the yard of the national school in Furcy. The voices of chanting elementary school students echo from the glassless windows of the earthquake-damaged buildings. This style of teaching is a time-honoured way children learn in Haiti.
Mapping a city's risks, Haiti youth learn about health and technology
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 28 August 2013 – Carl Dorceus knows a good bit about HIV – how the disease is transmitted, how to protect himself and the importance of sharing what he knows with his friends.
In Haiti, emergency clinics help reduce maternal and neonatal deaths
MARIGOT, Haiti, 25 July 2013 – Madette Perrique let out a heart-rending wail. She was in labour, and in pain. Only a few minutes after we had arrived at the clinic in Marigot, she was rushed into the delivery room by a crew of nurses in blue. Moments later, we heard a baby cry.
In Haiti, portable playgrounds lay a new foundation for learning
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 13 June 2013 – Across Haiti, students at 10 select schools are getting a chance to test an unusual kind of playground that encourages them to build forts, cars, towers and anything else that stimulates their young minds.
Clinic seeks to improve care of HIV-positive children and young adults in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 June 2013 – Dr. Rachel Bertrand is on a mission to improve the care of HIV-positive children and young adults in Haiti. She’s the head of an adolescent clinic in Port-au-Prince, run by GHESKIO and supported by UNICEF, that treats young patients between the ages of 10 and 24.
Amid Haiti's reconstruction, a chance for a more inclusive approach
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 31 May 2013 – When the 2010 earthquake struck, Jean Saint-Phar was buried and knocked unconscious by the collapsing walls of the classroom where he was studying engineering. After he woke up, hours passed with no sign of rescue. He feared he might die like the lifeless student beside him.
Solar power keeps vaccines cool in rural Haiti
ROSSIGNOL, Haiti, 3 May 2013 – Suzette Beliard has been a community health worker in this rural town for seven years. Today, like on many days, she’s preparing to give children vaccines and drops of vitamin A.
Severely malnourished children in Haiti thrive, with simple, affordable remedies
JEREMIE, Haiti, 24 April 2013 – Through the leafy beanstalks, Derilus Firdemont watches her 4-year-old daughter Sendy play with friends in the garden.
A community in Haiti works to protect water sources and improve sanitation
PETIT BOURG DU BORGNE, Haiti, 21 March 2013 – Celianne Jean and her 5-year-old daughter Wislaine used to join others in the community every day at the local water source. The villagers would position their buckets to collect water from the source – a leaf someone had placed carefully to catch and funnel unprotected water trickling from down the mountain.
In Haiti, a model for preventing, controlling and treating cholera in slums and tent cities
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 26 February 2013 – Four days ago, 4-year-old Nelson nearly died from cholera.
Podcast #70: Towards education for all in Haiti
NEW YORK, United States of America, 15 February 2013 – Three years after the devastating earthquake of 2010, the education of children in Haiti has seen significant improvement. Many schools have been reconstructed, and more children are going to school now than before the earthquake.
Three years after the devastating earthquake, a survey sheds light on the current status of children and women in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 January 2013 – For the first time since 2005–2006, Haiti has updated data on the situation of children and women, enabling analysis of the earthquake response and helping establish where and who the most vulnerable children are.
A UNICEF staff member is motivated by work, colleagues - and stigma
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 December 2012 - Reporting Specialist at UNICEF Haiti Cara Elizabeth Yar Khan was diagnosed with hereditary inclusion body myopathy (HIBM) in 2007. HIBM is an extremely rare degenerative condition that affects the entire body.
Hit hard by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Petit Goave recovers and rebuilds its water system
PETIT GOAVE, Haiti, 13 December 2012 – The massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 destroyed the water system of Petit Goave, a coastal city near the quake’s epicentre.
In Haiti, library project opens doors - and minds
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 November 2012 – Sadrac Neolin, 13, lives in the most disadvantaged and dangerous slum in Port-au-Prince. The sounds of gunshots and police sirens in Cité Soleil have been a staple of his childhood. Like most of his neighbours, Sadrac has no running water or electricity.
In Haiti, kangaroo mother care helps stabilize the health of premature babies
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 16 November 2012 - Marie Michelle François lies on a bed in the neonatal unit. Her newborn baby is strapped to her stomach in a stretchy wrap. His head is covered with a thick knit hat, despite the sweltering heat. Born at 32 weeks, he is one week old and weighs less than three pounds. His eyes flutter, but he does not awaken.
In Haiti, reuniting separated children with their families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 October 2012 – Seven-year-old Mitchialine Innocent plays with her cousin in the courtyard of their home in Port-au-Prince. You wouldn’t be able to tell that, only a year ago, she was rescued, half-starved, from an ‘orphanage’, or residential care centre.
Haitian students spread the message of hand-washing, a critical measure in the fight against disease
FRECHOU, Haiti, 16 October 2012 – Derilus’s mother nearly died of cholera last year in this small mountain village just outside Port-au-Prince.
UNICEF supports the Government of Haiti to bring free quality education to as many children as possible
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 9 October 2012 – Six-year-old Gloria Lincee is attending school for the first time this year.
Pursuing universal salt iodization in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 21 September 2012 - From the outside, the clinic does not look like a health clinic at all. It is one of many modest buildings huddled together under the blazing sun, surrounded by a sea of tents. But inside, the clinic bustles with activity. Women queue to receive food, pregnant women sit waiting patiently on folded chairs, and, everywhere, babies squirm, bawl and slumber in their mothers’ arms.
Podcast #62: Inspiring children to dream, through play
NEW YORK, United States of America, 6 September 2012 – Two years ago, when big blue blocks made of moulded foam appeared at Burling Slip in New York City, parents and children from the neighbourhood rushed to try out the unusual playground. The blocks were lightweight and easy to move around. Children immediately started using them to form shapes, build different structures and create entire new environments of their own.
Adolescents map HIV risks, part of a holistic approach to treating HIV/AIDS in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 25 July 2012 – Before an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, the country’s HIV and AIDS response focused largely on treatment, care and support – with much less attention given to preventing the spread of the virus.
New survey shows rates of child malnutrition are decreasing in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 June 2012 – In March, slightly more than two years after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) supported the Ministry of Health’s national SMART nutrition survey.
Haiti, with support from UNICEF and partners, begins intensive efforts to improve children's health
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 22 May 2012 – Haiti's Ministry of Public Health and Population has accelerated vaccination efforts throughout the country, part of a broader package of intensive activities promoting children’s health. These interventions are supported by UNICEF and its national and international partners, including the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Clean water brings fresh hope to poor neighbourhoods in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 27 March 2012 – All day long, a steady stream of residents, young and old, queue to fill their buckets with affordable, clean water at the water kiosks of Cité l’Eternel, a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
UNICEF and partners battle persistent child malnutrition in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 7 March 2012 – After the January 2010 earthquake destroyed homes and infrastructure in Port-au-Prince, a number of displaced families moved to an old private airstrip in the Carrefour neighbourhood, setting up tents between old planes and helicopters.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Berliner Philharmoniker gives the gift of music to Haitian schools
PORT-AU-PRINCE/JACMEL, Haiti, 23 February 2012 – While the UNICEF truck was being unloaded, dozens of heads peered through the narrow windows of the classrooms. The students from Vision Nouvelle School – which was reconstructed by UNICEF after the 2010 earthquake – were curious about the musical instruments slowly emerging from the truck.
In Haiti, a radio programme entertains while encouraging healthy behaviors
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 17 February 2012 – People crowded into a Tap Tap, Haiti’s most popular form of public transportation, nod their heads and smile at the conversation pouring out of the speakers.
Improving water and sanitation in Haiti’s schools
PORT-AU –PRINCE, Haiti, 7 February 2012 – Eighteen-year-old Yves Nolly Lindor is teaching students at Pétion-ville National School about the importance of improved sanitation.
UNICEF aids restavek victims of abuse and exploitation in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 31 January 2012 – In 2007, 10-year-old Larissa Saint-Claire (NAME CHANGED) lived quietly with her parents in Beaumont, in southwest Haiti, when a visit from one of her sisters changed her life.
Podcast #51: An innovative program provides media training for youth in Haiti
NEW YORK, 30 January, 2012 – With 43 per cent of its people under 18 years old, Haiti has one of the youngest populations in the world. Yet the country’s young people continue to suffer from a lack of opportunities and remain vulnerable in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
Vaccinating children in Haiti’s hardest-to-reach communities
CAP HAITIAN, Haiti, 23 January 2012 – It doesn’t take an earthquake to kill a child. More often, children are killed by something much less dramatic, and much more insidious: disease.
In post-quake Haiti, early childhood development aids recovery
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 January 2012 – It might look like simple fun, but the dominos, colouring pencils, construction blocks, hand puppets, puzzle pieces and memory games in Jean Pierre’s school are about more than just a good time.
In Haiti, an unprecedented expansion in nutrition services for children and women
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 January 2012 – In two cramped UNICEF tents in the middle of the General Hospital, Head Nurse Bluette Jean-Louis and Dr. Josiane Andrianarisoa attend to severely malnourished children. Many of them are ill.
Four Haitian filmmakers explore conditions for children two years after the quake
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 January 2012 – UNICEF challenged young Haitian filmmakers to reveal how they view their country – and its conditions for children – two years after the January 2010 earthquake.
Two years after the earthquake, victories for Haiti’s children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 11 January 2012 – January 12, 2010, the day a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, is still fresh in the memory of Renold Telford, Haiti’s Director of Basic Education.
In Haiti, improving care for children on the streets and in residential care
CAP HAITIEN, Haiti, 6 January 2012 – Almost every day, Father Stra walks around the city of Cap Haitien looking for boys on the streets who are ready to move to the sanctuary of the Don Bosco Centre.
Increasing local capacity to end child malnutrition in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 4 January 2012 – More than 40 women, most of them cradling babies, sit shoulder-to-shoulder in the small waiting room of the Martissant Community Clinic. By day’s end, more than 150 women will arrive to see the clinic’s medical or nutrition staff.
In Haiti, guarding families from cholera with local water treatment product
LEOGANE, Haiti, 22 December 2011 – “My children only drink treated water,” said Celie Bien Aime, in Leogane, Haiti. “When they go to their friends’ houses, they don’t drink the water there.”
UNICEF-supported radio training encourages Haiti’s youth to tell their own story
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 November 2011—Young people in Haiti are speaking up about issues that are important in their lives and their stories are being broadcast on Haitian radio, with the help of training and support from UNICEF and its Haitian partner Panos Caribbean.
In Haiti, art is helping children cope with life-changing situations
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 16 November 2011 – “We stand up and life goes on come join us in our celebration of life.” a chorus of Haitian voices sings. “We are singing this song to invite children to join us and have fun,” explained Bertrand Labarre, Executive and Artistic Director at Haiti en Scene. This UNICEF partner NGO specializes in using art to help children express their feelings and thoughts, reinforcing their resilience and facilitating their healthy psychosocial development.
A new government program aims to provide a free education for all Haiti's children
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, October 21, 2011 – Lucien, 11, is the only child in his class not wearing a uniform. Sporting a t-shirt and jeans, he looks out of place amid throngs of children wearing neatly ironed, identical blue and white uniforms.
UNICEF-IKEA partnership delivers toys to Haitian children, income to women
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 25 October 2011 – Children run after a small truck winding its way through Centre d’Hebergement Tabarre 23, a crowded camp where hundreds of people live in tents of plastic sheeting and shacks of wood and tin.
In Haiti, Global Handwashing Day empowers children in the fight against cholera
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 October 2011 – Catchy lyrics and colorful t-shirts are helping children in Haiti learn the importance of handwashing in the fight against cholera and other potentially deadly infections.
UNICEF and partners work to provide a free education for all Haiti’s children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 7 October 2011 – The Haitian government has taken a big step toward realizing its goal of providing a free education to all the country's children. On Monday, President Michel Martelly announced that 772,000 children will receive free schooling this year, including 142,000 children who have never attended school before. His announcement came at Ecole Nationale de Tabarre on the first day of the new school year.
20 Haitian children turn their stories into movies, inspiring others in the process
KENSCOFF, Haiti, 19 September 2011 – For one week, in a remote community overlooking Port-au-Prince, 20 children got together for a workshop to turn their stories into movies and make them known to a world- wide audience through the web.
Improving lives by providing access to safe water in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 23 August 2011 – For seven-year-old Babylove Milande Clement, every new day means tiring walks in the sun across her displacement camp outside of Port-au-Prince to buy safe water for her and her mother. Carefully balancing the water-filled bucket on her head so as not to spill a drop, she makes her way from a water kiosk to the tent where the two live alone.
OneMinutesJr. initiative helps youth capture their viewpoints around the world
NEW YORK, USA, 19 August 2011 – June and July were busy months for UNICEF’s OneMinutesJr. initiative: Five youth video workshops took place in the USA, Haiti, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Germany, with artists teaching young people about video techniques and storytelling.
UNICEF mobilizes Haitian ‘Rara’ for cholera prevention
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 27 June 2011 – Rara music groups from Voodoo religious communities empowered Haitians to protect themselves and their families in the ongoing fight against cholera at a recent campaign event.
A UNICEF-supported clinic provides care and treatment for women with HIV in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 17 June 2011 – Life has become complicated for 16-year-old Clodine (not her real name). Six months pregnant and HIV-positive, she lives in a dirt-floor tent with her aunt in a camp for displaced people. A few months ago, she left her boyfriend, who gave her HIV and is the father of her child.
Basketball stars visit UNICEF-supported malnutrition treatment centre in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 June 2011 – UNICEF Haiti hosted National Basketball Association (NBA) Star and Sacramento Kings’ centre Samuel Dalembert and Nykesha Sales, a six-time Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) All-Star, in a visit to a malnutrition centre in a hospital still recovering from the January 2010 earthquake.
New UNICEF Ireland Ambassador Rory McIlroy makes Haiti his first humanitarian destination
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 7 June, 2011 – Champion golfer Rory McIlroy made his first official humanitarian trip as a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador this week, visiting newly built schools, a maternal centre, and camps for displaced people in Haiti.
New UNICEF Ireland Ambassador Rory McIlroy makes Haiti his first humanitarian destination
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi visits children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 26 April 2011 – The small classroom at Nouvelle Source School in Port-au-Prince was bustling with students when UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi arrived to join them in drawing messages of support for children in Japan.
Fighting malnutrition and building capacity for child health in Haiti's camps
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 13 April 2011 – Thanks to UNICEF and its partners, many mothers in Port-au-Prince are now more aware of the dangers even mild malnutrition in early childhood poses to the mental and physical well-being and development of their children.
UNICEF supports the reconstruction of schools in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 8 April 2011 – Reconstructing damaged or destroyed schools has been a UNICEF priority since last year’s earthquake. It’s one of the most effective ways of reintroducing normalcy to the shattered lives of children in this small Caribbean nation.
An adolescent girl maintains hope for a brighter future in earthquake-affected Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 30 March 2011 – It’s late afternoon and dark clouds hover, promising rain in the Haitian capital. Elisabeth Lambert, 16, joins her sister and a girlfriend for a walk through their neighbourhood, along streets still strewn with crushed cars and the rubble of collapsed buildings.
'Friendship Games' to bring Haitian and Dominican youth together
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 29 March 2011 – Soccer is being used as a way to foster friendship and understanding between children in the neighbouring countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
A UNICEF-supported music school helps young Haitians dream of a better future
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 25 March 2011 – In one of the classrooms at Vision Nouvelle School sits a large wooden box filled with broken instruments – violins, violas, flutes and even piano parts.
Warning of the dangers of child trafficking in Haiti
TOTOY, Haiti, 23 March 2011 – Most of the marketplace in the small Haitian border town of Totoy has come to a standstill. Some women are still chopping cabbages, or trying to lead mistrustful goats to stalls, but the majority has stopped to listen to the woman standing on a makeshift platform before them.
UNICEF and partners educate Haitian children on how to prevent cholera
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 March 2011 – In the crowded classrooms of Institute Mixte de Kervens School in Canape Verde, Port-au-Prince, children are learning critical skills in the fight against cholera.
UNICEF officials work to combat child trafficking on Haiti's border
OUANAMINTHE, Haiti, 11 March 2011— Small dirt paths dot the lush and hilly landscape outside the town of Ouanaminthe, on Haiti’s north-eastern border. It is just one of a number of remote crossings child traffickers use to smuggle children into the Dominican Republic.
Jean's story: An adolescent girl’s belief in education provides hope in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 25 February 2011 – When we met Jean Bernite just six weeks after the January 2010 earthquake here, she was living in a tent with four family members. She was no longer attending school but was eager to return to the classroom.
Field diary: Fighting child trafficking on Haiti’s border
PORT-AU-Prince, Haiti, 16 February 2011 - It’s eight in the morning. We are the first to arrive at the meeting point in Ouanaminthe, the most northern border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, for a patrol of non-official border points. This patrol was organised by the UNICEF-supported Haitian Police’s Brigade de Protection des Mineurs. Unfortunately, these patrols do not take place every day. A limited number of agents at the border must respond to numerous emergencies and prevention of child trafficking is not always a priority.
Residential care centre provides a refuge for street children in Cap-Haitian
CAP-HAITIAN, Haiti, 15 February 2011 – This city north of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, was relatively untouched by the earthquake of January 2010. The sleepy port town’s buildings remain intact. Merchants, government workers and labourers go about their daily business. But nonetheless, the effects of the earthquake are here to be seen.
UNICEF and partners work to protect vulnerable children at Haiti's border
ANSE-À-PITRES, Haiti, 3 February 2011 – Two years ago, when Winston was 12, his mother remarried. His stepfather didn’t want to look after him, and Winston was left out on the street. It is not an uncommon story in Haiti.
Christian's story: A boy picks up the pieces, and remains optimistic, in post-quake Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 31 January 2011 – Christian Dubois, 16, stands with his mother, Estelle, at his side in the empty lot where their family home once stood. All that remains is a small section of crumbled wall.
UNICEF helps protect vulnerable Haitian children in residential care centres
PORT-AU- PRINCE, 24 January 2011 – After the January 2010 earthquake – indeed, even before – some impoverished Haitian families chose to send their children to residential care centres in hopes of giving them a better life. But as the story of Amelie demonstrates, these hopes were not always met.
Shasha's story: UNICEF revisits a Haitian girl in a camp for the displaced
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 January 2011 – When the UNICEF communications team caught up with Shasha Liza, 14, in early December, she was alone in a tent, cutting up chicken feet, which her mother would cook and sell on the streets. Shasha was still in the camp where she had been living since her home was destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake.
Logistics specialists help UNICEF deliver nutrition supplements to Haitian children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 17 January 2011 – It’s hard to overstate the life-saving role that nutritional supplements can play in bringing acutely malnourished children back from the brink in Haiti and around the globe.
Podcast #33: Cholera education in Haiti, one year after the earthquake
NEW YORK, USA, 14 January 2011 – The children of Haiti suffered multiple crises in 2010, from the 12 January earthquake to the devastation caused by Hurricane Tomas, and the outbreak of cholera in October – all of which seriously affected their access to education.
One year on, UNICEF revisits two young Haitian quake survivors and best friends
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 January 2011 – About a month after the earthquake in Haiti, a UNICEF communications team met and interviewed two best friends who survived the disaster: Miratson Guerrier, now 14, and his neighbour Ricardo Rocourt, 13. We recently revisited the boys to see how they and their families were faring.
Haitian youths use hip-hop to inspire earthquake recovery
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 13 January 2011 – An enterprising group of 10 boys who were separated from their parents during the January 2010 earthquake are using hip-hop to inspire their fellow Haitians to rebuild the country.
UNICEF and partners support Haitians living with HIV and AIDS after the quake
NEW YORK, USA, 12 January 2011 – In a Haiti still struggling to recover from last year’s devastating earthquake, evidence of UNICEF’s response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic there can be found in some unexpected places – even among children at play.
Panellists discuss working together to prevent sexual violence in Haiti
NEW YORK, USA, 11 January 2011 – Maricia Jean was raped and thrown into jail. Her son was brutally murdered, but she never made it to his funeral. She lived in hiding, fearing for her life and that of her remaining family members. And yet she is alive and taking action.
Christine's story: A 14-year-old Haitian student braves the aftermath of the earthquake
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 11 January 2011 – Last month a UNICEF communications team met up with Christine, 14, outside her family’s tent in a displacement camp near the Port-au-Prince airport. Five months earlier, the team had followed the young earthquake survivor for several days to see how she managed to achieve top marks in school while living in a cramped shelter with her mother, brother and sister.
Education and health care help quake-affected children start fresh in a Haitian mountain village
JACQUOT, Haiti, 10 January 2011 – Until recently, health care and education facilities were non-existent in the Haitian mountain village of Jacquot, near the capital, Port-au-Prince. But 12 months after the earthquake that devastated this Caribbean nation, local residents now have both.
Podcast #32: Rebuilding Haiti’s education system one year after the earthquake
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2011 – UNICEF Radio podcast moderator Amy Costello spoke late last month with Carlos Vasquez, architect and UNICEF Education Specialist, and Tania McBride, UNICEF Communication Specialist, to find out how the education system in Haiti is managing to move forward a year after the earthquake that devastated the country’s schools, affecting millions of children.
A Haitian engineer helps UNICEF rebuild education from the ruins
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 7 January 2011 – From a hill in the densely populated Delmas area of Port-au-Prince – where vendors hawk household goods, charcoal, vegetables and multi-coloured paintings – there is a stunning postcard view of the ocean.
For children and families in Haiti, the long road from relief to recovery
NEW YORK, USA, 6 January 2011 – One year on, children in Haiti are still reeling from the lingering impact of the 12 January 2010 earthquake, the single largest catastrophe to hit the country in centuries.
Income-generating programme keeps quake-affected families together in Haiti
LEOGANE, Haiti, 6 January 2011 – Far from the congested capital of Haiti lies Leogane, a provincial town that was near the epicentre of the January 2010 earthquake, which claimed more than 220,000 lives. Scenes of devastation still characterize the once-bustling seaside municipality.
UNICEF supports community mobilization to stop spread of cholera in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 6 January 2011 – Even as it addresses the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti now faces a devastating cholera epidemic that has killed thousands and sickened many more.
Families in Haiti's Cité l’Eternel struggle to get through each day
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 6 January 2011 – Surrounded by her meagre possessions – a foam mattress, a blanket, a few pots, a bucket and a basin – Deliverance ‘Tite Soeur’ Boislo struggles to get through her daily chores in the two-room concrete shell that has been home to her family for months.
Parents and teachers help children in Haiti cope with quake effects
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 4 January 2011 – Like many people in Haiti, Jean Andre Durvier can’t forget the moment the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. Under the shade tarp at the back of the tiny Dalmas 33 Dei Gloria primary school – a temporary facility that his two sons attend – Mr. Durvier speaks softly amidst the constant roar of traffic in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
A mother in Haiti recalls the moments that changed her family's life
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 4 January 2011 – Ezana Tales is a mother three children – Jefflove, 11, Vekerson, 9, and Manoupnepha, 4 – who all survived the earthquake that struck Haiti last January. She recently recalled the trauma her family experienced during and after the disaster.
UNICEF Executive Director brings a message of hope to Haiti's most vulnerable
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 16 December 2010 – In a surprise visit to Haitian capital, Executive Director Anthony Lake yesterday reaffirmed the commitment of UNICEF and other UN agencies to continue the fight against the cholera epidemic here, and encouraged Haitians themselves to take action against the disease.
In Haiti, UNICEF trains educators to mobilize communities against cholera
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti 9 December 2010 - Chydena Laguerre Joseph holds up a brightly colored cholera prevention poster in Wharf Jérémie, one of Port-au-Prince’s most overcrowded and poorest neighbourhoods. Gathered around her, a group of children wearing ragged clothes and shining smiles begins to sing a song she just taught them:
Nutrition in a time of cholera: A challenge for Haitian mothers and babies
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 6 December 2010 – In the cramped and squalid conditions of the tented city in Mais Gate, a camp for Haitians displaced by the January earthquake, baby Sebastian brings a sparkle to his mother Lucienne’s eyes.
UNICEF-supported campaign raises awareness about cholera prevention in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 23 November 2010 – As Haiti’s cholera epidemic continues and hospitals here struggle with a mounting number of patients seeking help, UNICEF and its partners are conducting an information campaign to raise awareness about preventing the spread of the disease.
UNICEF Haiti stresses cholera prevention in overcrowded districts of Port-au-Prince
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 November 2010—Fabiula Deballe, 27, looks exhausted as she stands in front of a tented cholera treatment centre at the Gheskio clinic in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. For three days, she has been sitting by her son’s bed who is recovering from cholera.
UN appeals for funding as cholera outbreak worsens in Haiti
GONAÏVES, Haiti, 12 November 2010 – The death toll in Haiti's cholera epidemic has now climbed to some 800, with more cases reported in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other areas outside the Artibonite Region where the outbreak originated. In response to the worsening situation, the United Nations has issued a new appeal for $163 million in donor aid.
In Gonaïves, cholera cases increase in aftermath of Hurricane Tomas
GONAÏVES, Haiti, 10 November 2010 – After several 14-hour days battling a cholera epidemic in the coastal town of Gonaïves, the last thing Dr. Dieula Louissaint needed was a hurricane.
A Haitian mother struggles to provide her family with safe water
L’ESTERE, Haiti, 9 November 2010 – It is late morning in L’Estere, a small community in Haiti’s Artibonite region, north of the nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince. Igenice Merceda has arrived at the community hospital. She’s happy because today she will be taking home her son Godson Noel. Only yesterday, Igenice wasn’t sure if her son’s three siblings would ever see him alive again.
In wake of Hurricane Tomas, flooding increases disease risk in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 8 November 2010 – Residents of Haiti are assessing the impact of Hurricane Tomas, which this past weekend came perilously close to adding even greater misery to a nation already reeling from the impacts of the recent cholera outbreak and the 12 January earthquake.
Amidst ongoing cholera crisis, UNICEF and partners respond to hurricane threat in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 5 November 2010 – After the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January, coupled with a cholera epidemic over the past two weeks, Hurricane Tomas now poses yet another threat to the most vulnerable part of the country’s population – its children.
UNICEF constructs treatment centres to control the spread of cholera in Haiti
L’ESTERE, Haiti, 4 November 2010 – As tropical storm Tomas continues it’s ominous path towards Haiti, the possibility that it could strengthen into a hurricane poses a major threat to the beleaguered island nation. With over a million people living in temporary camps and an outbreak of cholera currently tearing its way north, Tomas – expected to pass over Haiti on Friday - would worsen an already dire situation dramatically.
Reintegrating 'restavek' children with their parents in post-earthquake Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 3 November 2010 – For the children at Foyer l’Escale, a UNICEF-supported children’s shelter, performance is a form of therapy.
Haiti cholera response broadens to include focus on prevention in local communities
SAINT-MICHEL, Haiti, 1 November 2010 – A three-hour drive up a steep, bumpy road brings two vehicles filled with oral rehydration salts, intravenous fluid and other medical supplies to Saint-Michel, a small agricultural area 300 km north of Saint-Marc, the epicentre of Haiti’s cholera outbreak.
UNICEF and partners work to keep a cholera outbreak at bay in Haiti's capital
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 29 October 2010 – In the Rue Oswald Durand, Port-au-Prince’s heavily earthquake-damaged downtown area, a truck blares hygiene-promotion messages in Creole: “Wash your hands with soap before eating and after you go to the bathroom. Eat only cooked or peeled foods.…”
UNICEF distributes thousands of mosquito nets in fight against malaria
LEOGANE, Haiti, 27 October 2010 – Richemond Casseus is walking through a small village – typical of the hundreds that line Haiti’s coastal areas. And he does not like what he sees.
UNICEF prepares for a potential cholera outbreak in Port-au-Prince
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 27 October 2010 – While efforts to contain the cholera epidemic are ongoing in the affected zones of the Artibonite region, UNICEF and its partners have been gearing up for a potential outbreak in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
UNICEF and partners work to contain the cholera outbreak in Haiti
ARTIBONITE, Haiti, 26 October 2010 – The worst is not yet over for Haiti. Ten months after a powerful earthquake devastated the country, a cholera epidemic has spread fear and misery. The outbreak is the country’s biggest medical crisis in recent years. At L‘Estere Medical Centre here in the country’s Artibonite Department, north of Port-au-Prince, the flow of new patients doesn’t seem to stop.
UNICEF steps up efforts to contain cholera in Haiti's Artibonite Department
SAINT-MARC, Haiti, 25 October 2010 – Val Voyalant , 10, and her sister Cledna, 3, live in the small community of Pisto, south of Dessaline and near the Artibonite River, the region most affected by the current cholera outbreak in Haiti. The two lie quietly on a hospital gurney against the back wall of an open room. Intravenous tubes feed their arms with a concentrated saline solution.
As cholera toll mounts in Haiti, UNICEF and partners aim to prevent wider outbreak
NEW YORK, USA, 25 October 2010 – Concern is growing in Haiti as the number of cases of acute diarrhoea caused by cholera continues to rise, and fear of a wider outbreak grows. Since the first cases were confirmed last week, a total of some 3,000 cholera cases and more than 250 deaths from the waterborne illness have been reported.
Confronting gender-based violence, and changing perceptions, in Haiti after the quake
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 20 October 2010 – Terlena Day-Isaac, 25, makes her way up a hill in the Terrain Acra camp in the Port-au-Prince. She is a staff member with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) the UNICEF partner that is teaching Haitian women and girls about their rights with regard to gender-based violence – a term that encompasses domestic violence, forced prostitution, sexual assault and rape.
Podcast #30: Building hope for adolescent girls in post-earthquake Haiti
NEW YORK, USA, 20 October 2010 – As schools open for the new academic year in Haiti, the hope is to bring all boys and girls to school – both those who attended before the earthquake struck in January and those hardest to reach, who will go to school for the first time.
Haiti protects its border against post-earthquake child trafficking
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 15 October 2010 – The inspectors from the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM) work on the edge of a ‘no man’s land’ – about a kilometer of road leading up to a market that sprawls across the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And that’s what makes their work so vital.
On the first day of school, UNICEF provides support for earthquake-affected children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 5 October 2010 – For thousands of temporary residents of the Primature displacement camp in the Haitian capital, yesterday’s routine began as it has every day since the earthquake struck here in January. But for others, there was one major difference: It was a school day.
UNICEF Executive Director makes first official visit to post-earthquake Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 30 September 2010 – Jant Garane and her four children have been living in a tiny shack at the Accra camp for displaced people since a massive earthquake devastated Haiti last January. The camp is home to more than 20,000 people, including some 8,000 children.
Sports programmes lift youth spirits in post-earthquake Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 29 September 2010 - Fifteen year-old Simeon Kenson has a lot of worries.
Immediate action provides relief after powerful storm sweeps through Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 27 September 2010 – A severe storm ripped through Haiti on 24 September, killing five people, including three children, and injuring dozens.
Haiti's youth ready to act in post-earthquake era
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 September 2010 - They came so their voices would be heard.
Christine’s story: Escaping poverty through education in post-earthquake Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 31 August 2010 – Christine, 14, lives in a camp for displaced people near the international airport here in the Haitian capital. “The only thing I know is that I know nothing,” says this energetic girl, who cites Socrates as her motivation for going to school.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel 'Leo' Messi visits earthquake-ravaged Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 16 July 2010 – For the people of Port-au-Prince, the last six months have been fraught with difficulties in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake that left their lives in shambles. But while the images out of Haiti still show displacement and poverty, they were replaced yesterday – at least for a few hours – by a sense of uncontainable excitement, as Haitians poured into the streets to greet UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel ‘Leo’ Messi.
Podcast #27: Educating Haiti’s children, six months on
NEW YORK, USA, 12 July 2010 – Today marks the six-month anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, killing more than 220,000, displacing many more and severely affecting the education system.
Olympic Gold Medallist Yuna Kim, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, thanks Haiti donors
NEW YORK, USA, 9 July 2010 – UNICEF is delighted to announce the appointment of international figure-skating star Yuna Kim as its newest Goodwill Ambassador. In a special video message marking her appointment. Ms. Kim thanks donors who have supported a cause she herself holds dear: UNICEF's earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti.
UNICEF photojournalist Marta Ramoneda documents recovery efforts in Haiti
NEW YORK, USA, 9 July 2010 – It has been six months since a devastating earthquake killed over 220,000 people and disrupted the lives of millions more in Haiti. UNICEF freelance photographer Marta Ramoneda recently returned from a two-week trip to the Caribbean nation, where she documented the recovery efforts now under way there.
Six months on, UNICEF reviews Haiti quake-relief milestones, and looks forward
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 July 2010 – Six months after the earthquake that ravaged Haiti on 12 January, UNICEF has released a detailed report chronicling relief efforts to date. Titled ‘Children of Haiti: Milestones and looking forward at six months,’ the report begins by implicitly asking the question: What did not happen following the earthquake?
On the ground in Haiti, after the quake
NEW YORK, USA, 9 July 2010 – Kent Page left New York for Port-au-Prince on 20 January, just over a week after the earthquake that shattered Haiti’s most densely populated areas – and the lives of its most vulnerable children. He had been asked to leave his UNICEF headquarters post for a month-long assignment as the agency’s chief media spokesperson in the Haitian capital.
Protecting mothers and newborns from HIV and AIDS in post-quake Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 30 June 2010 – Jeanne (not her real name) looks lovingly at her baby daughter Marie and carefully covers her cot with a mosquito net. She is sitting in the living room of a relative’s home in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, in the heat of the afternoon. For Jeanne, the birth of Marie in May was an extraordinary event.
In post-earthquake Haiti, children's voices are integrated into reconstruction effort
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 21 June 2010 – Over the buzz of children chatting excitedly in Creole, nine-year-old Marie-Ange hunches over her poster paper, meticulously tracing the outline of a school. “This is the school of my dreams,” she says.
Call centre responds to needs of separated children in Haitian quake zone
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 15 June 2010 – “Hello, Separated Children Call Centre, how can I help you?” an operator asked. “Where exactly did you say the child is currently? He is at the health Centre? Did the child come by himself or was he brought in by someone? Thank you for calling – we will dispatch two case workers who will arrive at the centre in 30 minutes.”
Child-friendly space helps protect young survivors of Haiti earthquake
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 21 May 2010 – Over 100 young voices rise in harmony to affirm a common sentiment. “Sa ki pa nan espas n’ap voye yo ale,” they sing in Haitian Creole. “Those that do not belong in this space should be out of this place.”
Judith's story: In the face of grief, education brings hope in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 May 2010 – On the day of the quake, Ms. Lambert, our school director, sent us home early. I usually stayed after class to help clean the trash in the schoolyard. But that day, Ms. Lambert had heard that not far from our school a university teacher had been killed and there was fear of rioting. She insisted that we rush home and not linger on the streets.
Social mobilizers throughout Haiti spread the word about vaccines
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 May 2010 – Haiti is still struggling to cope with the aftermath of the devastating 12 January earthquake, which claimed more than 200,000 lives, destroyed schools, homes, and water and sanitation systems, and left more than 1 million people homeless.
Field diary: Returning to Haiti, UNICEF staffer finds hope
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 5 May 2010 – I have just returned from Haiti, my first visit there since witnessing the indescribable destruction just after the 12 January earthquake.
Vaccination Week of the Americas targets 44 countries, including Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 5 May 2010 – Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are wrapping up the annual Vaccination Week of the Americas, an initiative covering 44 countries and territories in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In Haiti alone, an estimated 60,000 children under the age of five were immunized last week.
Two best friends survive the Haiti earthquake and talk about life in camps for the displaced
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 28 April 2010 – Miratson Guerrier and Ricardo Rocourt have been best friends for as long as they can remember. But when the 12 January earthquake destroyed each of their homes, they also became neighbours.
Creating a Haiti fit for children, three months after the earthquake
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 9 April 2010 – As Haiti slowly moves forward after the 12 January earthquake, UNICEF is set to release a comprehensive report taking stock of humanitarian efforts on behalf of the children of Haiti.
Education brings hope to Haiti’s children: ‘Let us not lose any more’
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 8 April 2010 – From the hillsides around Port-au-Prince one can just see the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, tranquil in the bright sunlight. The ascending streets are bustling, energized by the frenetic traffic, the shouts of street vendors, and the masses of people going somewhere or coming from somewhere. It could be a normal day in this city of some 2 million.
UNICEF distributes early childhood development kits in Jacmel, Haiti
JACMEL, Haiti, 6 April 2010 – When the earthquake shook the mountains outside this port city in southern Haiti on 12 January, rural schools throughout the area were destroyed or damaged. Not only were classes cancelled for the short term, but looking ahead, parents were afraid to send their children back into damaged classrooms that they feared might collapse.
A nationwide call to return to school brings hope to children in Haiti
JACMEL, Haiti, 5 April 2010 – Almost three months after the massive 12 January earthquake that devastated the country, the Haitian Ministry of Education, with the support of UNICEF and its partners, has issued a nationwide call for children to return to school.
'A Haiti Fit for Children'
NEW YORK, 31 March 2010 – Six international aid organizations met in a public session at UNICEF headquarters yesterday, planning ways to make children the focus of rebuilding Haiti in the aftermath of the 12 January earthquake.
Field Diary: Camp's children excited about return to learning in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 31 March, 2010 – You only have to mention the word 'school' and a sparkle comes into Taïma Celestin's dark brown eyes. It's not hard to understand why. The scheduled reopening of Haiti's schools on 5 April will be the first real opportunity for this confident 10-year-old to leave what is today her home – a tiny lean-to covered with a blue tarpaulin in a former sports ground in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince.
Rescued by a neighbour, a young Haitian earthquake survivor dreams of normalcy
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 29 March 2010 – When the earth began to shake on 12 January 12, Rachel Lunique, 17, sprinted out the door of her family's second-floor apartment. Rachel was just a few steps from the safety of the street, when she heard the desperate cries of the woman in the apartment next to hers.
After the earthquake, protecting Haitian women and girls from violence
ANSE-A-PITRE, Haiti, 29 March 2010 – The effects of the earthquake that struck Haiti some two and a half months ago have reverberated across the country. Both in and beyond the capital, Port-au-Prince, progress made in tackling long-standing human rights issues – including the problem of gender-based violence against women and girls – seems a distant memory.
UNICEF works to reunite children with their families in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 24 March 2010 – We met eight-year-old Jefferson (not his real name) at a reception centre in the heart of Haiti’s shattered capital. Jefferson had spent two weeks at the centre, one of perhaps thousands of children who became separated from their families in the aftermath of the massive earthquake of January 12.
Former US President Bill Clinton praises crisis response by UN and UNICEF in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 24 March 2010 – During a visit to Haiti yesterday, former US President and UN special envoy Bill Clinton praised the United Nations for its response to the devastating 12 January earthquake, saying now was the time to help the country escape its impoverished past and build a better future.
Carnegie Hall concert by Lang Lang benefits UNICEF’s Haiti earthquake response
NEW YORK, USA, 22 March 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world-renowned pianist Lang Lang gave a special performance for a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in New York to benefit UNICEF’s emergency response to the earthquake in Haiti.
'Beyond School Books' - a podcast series on education in emergencies
NEW YORK, USA, 17 March 2010 – The earthquake that shook Chile on 27 February reportedly killed hundreds of people and caused widespread damage to homes, hospitals, schools, roads and other infrastructure.
Field Diary: Tent schools provide a refuge for quake-affected Haitian children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 15 March 2010 – In and around Haiti’s devastated capital city, UNICEF-supported ‘tent schools' are opening for children affected by the 12 January earthquake.
Field Diary: A family reunited after the earthquake in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 March 2010 – On assignment as a UNICEF photographer in Haiti, I had the pleasure of meeting five-year-old Sterling Vincent – a child who had been separated from her family in the aftermath of the 12 January earthquake. I only came to know her over two days, and yet her joy, grit and determination will stay with me forever.
After the quake, Haiti braces for storm season
NEW YORK, 10 March 2010 - As Haiti begins to dig itself out of the rubble of January's earthquake, UNICEF and its partners there are preparing to face another challenge – the rainy season.
Children central to recovery and development after the earthquake in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 9 March 2010 – At the Automeca Hyundai lot, tents, tarpaulins and cloths slung across wooden sticks compete for space with the damaged shells of sedans, pick-up trucks and SUVs. What was once a car dealership is now an encampment for more than 15,000 Haitians, many of them children.
Amidst the rubble, Haiti celebrates International Women’s Day
JACMEL, Haiti, 9 March, 2010 – Women have been hit hard by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. But they are not alone.
Protecting HIV-positive mothers and their children after the quake in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 2 March 2010 – Jeanne (not her real name) sat on a mattress in her tent in a makeshift settlement for displaced people that has sprung up in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. As the afternoon sun burned through the plastic walls of the tent, she told her story.
Field Diary: A long-term commitment to children affected by the earthquake in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 25 February 2010 – I arrived in this country after the earthquake as part of an emergency team, and today is the last day of my assignment here.
Reaching the most remote Haitian earthquake survivors with safe water
LEOGANE, Haiti 26 February 2010 – Simple plastic buckets and inexpensive water-purification tablets are being used to provide safe drinking water to people living in the mountains outside Leogane, an area that was close to the epicentre of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January.
Providing water and sanitation for earthquake survivors beyond Haiti’s capital
LEOGANE, Haiti, 24 February 2010 – Pierre Fuijee used to be a lawyer in the small town of Leogane, an hour’s drive from the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. But like many others in the town, he lost everything in the 12 January earthquake.
Young people enlisted to help meet sanitary needs in quake-stricken Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 22 February 2010 – Sanitation is among the most urgent concerns in Haiti following January’s earthquake. UNICEF estimates that overall, 1.1 million displaced people require emergency latrines. The agency and its partners plan to install over 10,000 latrines in the short term and another 20,000-plus within six months.
A Haitian father's account of the earthquake and its aftermath
FOND PARISIEN, Haiti, 19 February 2010 – Dieuveil Marcelin Aristide and his son Lemark, 12, are encamped in a small tent with a dozen other strangers located some 50 km from their former home in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.
Field Diary: Children’s ward treats Haitian quake survivors in the Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, 18 February 2010 – The moment I arrived at the children's ward at Dario Contreras Hospital, I heard cries from the wounded. About a dozen injured young people lay in one room, some crammed two to a bed. Some had a parent by their side, some were alone.
‘Baby tents’ offer quake-affected Haitian mothers a safe place to breastfeed
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 February 2010—Amidst the collapsed buildings and temporary camps of this battered city stand 12 special tents dedicated to providing mothers and their infant children a safe and calm place to breastfeed.
Tent classrooms and school kits help restart education in Haiti’s quake zone
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 17 February 2010 – The first day of school in a UNICEF tent classroom was a happy day for Yolanda Senatus, 9 – and a far cry from the tragic day she had experienced just a month earlier.
Rebuilding childhood in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 16 February 2010 – An estimated 1.26 million children – approximately 700,000 of them school-aged – have been directly affected by the earthquake in Haiti. They urgently need support and assistance to rebuild their lives.
A month after the quake, massive aid effort continues for Haitian children and families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 February 2010 – A month after the 12 January earthquake that levelled densely populated areas of Haiti, UNICEF Director of Emergency Operations Louis-George Arsenault travels by helicopter over the cities of Port -Au-Prince and Leogane, and on to the southern port of Jacmel.
Volunteers provide psycho-social support to young Haitian quake survivors
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, 11 February 2010 – In hospital after hospital, and tent after tent, Haitian boys and girls with broken or amputated limbs lie on mattresses, unable to run around and play. Their casts are awkward and they’re crammed for space.
UNICEF and partners promote infant and young child nutrition in post-quake Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 10 February 2010 – Under normal circumstances, February is Carnival time here in the Haitian capital, including its centrally located park, Champs de Mars.
UNICEF and partners deliver essential supplies to Haiti’s most vulnerable children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 9 February 2010 – Four weeks after the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and other parts of Haiti, the capital’s Louverture International Airport never sleeps. Supply flights arrive 24 hours a day with essential aid for the hundreds of thousands left homeless by the quake, including the most vulnerable survivors: orphaned and separated children.
UNICEF scales up its supply effort to reach every Haitian child in need
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 8 February 2010 – On a dusty, hot day here in the Haitian capital late last week, UNICEF’s new logistics hub was buzzing. Fifty people were loading trucks with hygiene kits for immediate dispatch to quake-stricken communities in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel.
Meeting the changing health needs of children affected by the earthquake in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 8 February 2010 – Dr. Gerlant Van Berlaer is a paediatrician with B-Fast, a Belgian non-governmental organization and UNICEF partner specializing in rapid medical deployment to large-scale emergencies. His team arrived in Port-au-Prince one day after the 12 January earthquake, setting up a field hospital complete with surgical suite on the grounds of the Laboratoire National de Santé Publique.
UNICEF Executive Director meets quake-affected children and families in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 5 February 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited the Haitian capital yesterday, meeting with UNICEF staff, g overnment leaders and survivors of the massive earthquake that struck here on 12 January.
Haitian-American doctor cares for families evacuated to Dominican Republic
JIMANI, Dominican Republic, 4 February 2010 – Down a dusty dirt road, amidst small houses, grazing goats and dirt yards, there’s an oatmeal-coloured cement church. Inside, the chairs are pushed back to the walls, the polished wooden pews are lined up in rows at the far side, and people are resting on ragged mattresses on the floor.
UNICEF and partners increase access to safe water in Haitian quake zone
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 3 February 2010 – Safe water is flowing in earthquake-affected areas of Haiti. Overall, UNICEF and its partners are now distributing more than 2.6 million litres of drinking water daily to over half a million people here in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and in the cities of Leogane and Jacmel.
UNICEF and partners launch immunization campaign in Haiti quake zone
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 3 February 2010 – Magalie grimaces as the needle pierces her skin, and her four-year-old son screams as it pierces his. Despite the pain, this needle has the potential to save both of their lives – and right now, their lives are precarious.
Radio provides a vital link to families amidst the children's emergency in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 2 February 2010 – A cacophony of songs and voices drifts from the tented camp as thousands of handheld radios transmit entertainment and, more important, information.
High-profile UNICEF supporters raise Haiti relief funds and awareness
NEW YORK, USA, 5 February 2010 – Best-selling author and one-time child soldier Ishmael Beah, and long-time Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, are among the latest UNICEF supporters to add their voices to the worldwide appeal for donations to help children in Haiti, in the wake of the 12 January earthquake there.
Focus on Haiti: A UNICEF photographer bears witness to the children's emergency
NEW YORK, USA, 1 February 2010 – Award-winning freelance photographer Roger LeMoyne has been taking pictures for UNICEF since 1990, and has spent a great deal of time on assignment in Haiti. He was one of the first photographers to arrive in the country after the earthquake struck on 12 January.
A day in the life of UNICEF staff members on the ground in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 1 February 2010 – UNICEF has maintained a presence in Haiti since 1949. The earthquake that struck this country with such disastrous force on 12 January has significantly affected the agency’s capacity to respond, but staff members have been adapting to difficult conditions on the ground.
On both sides of the border, essential aid and safe water for Haitian families
JIMANI, Dominican Republic, 29 January 2010 – A wide-open space the size of a football pitch looks like just the place for a group of children to kick around a soccer ball. Instead, the gated property of the Buen Samaritano hospital is filled with rows of blood-stained mattresses and sheltered by makeshift tents, which are no more than sheets stretched over sticks.
Helping Haiti's orphaned and separated children find their families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 29 January 2010 – Rodrigue wipes away his tears and carries on talking. It's an astounding act of bravery for the 12-year-old Haitian boy, who saw his parents die in the 12 January earthquake here.
UNICEF overcomes logistical challenges to help hundreds of thousands in Haiti
NEW YORK, USA, 28 January 2010 – More than two weeks after a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, UNICEF's emergency relief effort is reaching hundreds of thousands of survivors. As of last night, 13 planes had brought health, nutrition, and water-and-sanitation supplies to Haiti and the neighbouring Dominican Republic.
Return from Haiti: UNICEF staffer reflects on the children’s emergency
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 28 January 2010 – After a week in Port-au-Prince immediately following the earthquake, it was time for me to return home. Entering the city had been an ordeal; leaving was just as stressful.
Reaching young survivors with health and nutrition aid in Haiti's quake zone
JACMEL, Haiti, 27 January 2010 – In parts of Haiti devastated by the earthquake that struck on 12 January – including the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as the southern port city of Jacmel and other localities – UNICEF is reaching children with life-saving support.
UNICEF and partners provide safe water for Haitian children and families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 26 January 2010 – Two weeks after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, UNICEF continues to reach children with life-saving support, including urgently needed safe water.
In Jacmel, a young Haitian filmmaker documents the earthquake's aftermath
NEW YORK, USA, 26 January 2010 – Jean Bernard Bayard, 29, is a second-year film student at Ciné Institute, the only film school in the southern port city of Jacmel, Haiti. Since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January, Mr. Bayard and other film students have used their cameras to document the events and stories unfolding around them.
Charlie's ride: London boy, 7, gets on his bike to raise £150,000-plus for Haiti appeal
LONDON, United Kingdom, 26 January 2010 – In a stirring example of the generosity seen worldwide in the aftermath of the 12 January earthquake in Haiti, Charlie Simpson, 7, has raised tens of thousands of British pounds for children in Haiti by completing a five-mile sponsored cycle around his local park.
To help Haiti’s children heal, build back education better than before
NEW YORK, USA, 25 January 2010 – With nearly half of the country's population under the age of 18, children have been significantly affected by the 12 January earthquake in Haiti. Schools have been destroyed, and children are taking shelter in camps for the displaced. Many have been orphaned or separated from their families.
UNICEF and Haitian volunteers working together to protect children at risk
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 25 January 2010 – UN representatives and leaders from 15 nations are meeting today in Montreal, Canada, to discuss the long-term reconstruction of earthquake-shattered Haiti – with the aim of building back better than before.
A young Haitian earthquake survivor uses art to cope with disaster
NEW YORK, USA, 22 January 2010 – Until their home was destroyed in last week’s earthquake, Bruno Rene, 18, lived with his mother in the southern Haitian port city of Jacmel. Since then, Bruno, an aspiring artist, has been working on art projects to cope with the impact of the disaster.
Crisis response continues in Haiti, with an eye on challenges that pre-date the quake
NEW YORK, USA, 24 January 2010 – Aid is reaching children in parts of Haiti devastated by the 12 January earthquake, but huge humanitarian challenges remain. Many of the disaster’s worst effects – including its impact on child health and safety – are aggravated by the country’s longstanding impoverishment and instability.
The stars come out for Haiti relief
NEW YORK, USA, 23 January 2009 – The two-hour, star-powered ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ global concert benefiting Haiti earthquake relief – broadcast last night – featured more than 100 artists, many of whom have shown a long-time commitment to supporting UNICEF’s work in emergencies.
Young, injured Haitian quake survivors cross Dominican border for treatment
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, 21 January 2010 – Nine days after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, UNICEF is delivering life-saving support to children and families in need. Several planeloads of aid have landed in Haiti and the neighbouring Dominican Republic. Half a dozen more supply flights are scheduled to arrive before the end of the week.
Sebastien’s story: A young Haitian earthquake survivor speaks
NEW YORK, USA, 21 January 2010 – The earthquake in Haiti has wiped out the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people and crippled essential services for some 3 million Haitians from all walks of life – ranging from the desperately poor to middle-class and the affluent.
Delivering supplies and protecting children in the Haiti earthquake zone
NEW YORK, USA, 20 January 2010 – A powerful aftershock struck Haiti early this morning, adding to the stress of children and families affected by the 12 January earthquake there but apparently causing little further damage. Relief operations are ongoing.
Field Diary: Supplies and protection for unaccompanied children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 19 January 2010 – One week has gone by since an earthquake turned what was already a desperately poor part of the world into a full-fledged humanitarian emergency. The race against time to bring relief to the people of Haiti continues.
UNICEF concerned for the safety of Haiti’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, USA, 19 January 2010 – The earthquake that struck Haiti a week ago has left many thousands of children orphaned, lost or separated from their families – and vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
Donors worldwide support Haiti relief efforts of UNICEF and partners
NEW YORK, USA, 19 January 2010 – As the full magnitude of the crisis in Haiti continues to unfold, donors have rushed to provide UNICEF with funding to meet the needs of children and families at risk.
UN Secretary-General visits Haiti as emergency supply efforts continue
NEW YORK, USA, 18 January 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN and government officials visited stricken areas of Port-au-Prince yesterday, amidst continuing international efforts to help 3 million people – perhaps half of them children – affected by the 12 January earthquake in Haiti.
Field Diary: Notes from a tent hospital in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 17 January 2010 – This morning I went to visit a field hospital set up at the UN mission's logistical base here in Port-au-Prince. The hospital consists of two giant tents filled with Haitians wounded during the earthquake.
UNICEF steps up efforts to protect child health and safety in Haiti quake zone
NEW YORK, USA, 17 January 2010 – Thousands have died, an unknown number are injured and an estimated 300,000 are homeless following the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince and other densely populated areas of Haiti on 12 January, affecting a total of more than 3 million people.
UN and UNICEF launch aid appeal to overcome massive challenges in Haiti quake zone
NEW YORK, USA, 15 January 2010 – The people of Port-au-Prince and other areas affected by this week's devastating earthquake in Haiti are living outdoors, surrounded by the ruins of their homes. Picking through the rubble, they try to salvage what they can from a tragedy that defies comprehension.
Angélique Kidjo appeals for Haiti earthquake relief donations
NEW YORK, USA, 15 January 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo has added her voice to the global call for donations to bring urgently needed assistance to the children of Haiti and their families. The singer and activist took time out from her European concert tour to record a fundraising appeal in Paris.
Aid begins to arrive in Haiti for earthquake survivors in dire need
NEW YORK, USA, 14 January 2010 – UNICEF is part of a massive international relief effort now under way to assist up to 3.5 million people affected by Tuesday’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti.
Supplies on the way to survivors of the earthquake in Haiti
NEW YORK, USA, 13 January 2010 – The first shipment of UNICEF supplies for survivors of yesterday’s devastating earthquake is on its way to Haiti. The emergency aid is urgently needed, as basic services and infrastructure in the western hemisphere’s poorest nation were already close to collapse even before the 7.0-magnitude quake struck.
UNICEF gears up relief efforts for earthquake-stricken Haiti
PANAMA CITY, Panama, 13 January 2010 – Despite heavy damages to its own offices in Port-au-Prince, UNICEF is ready to provide immediate support to the victims of the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday.
Angélique Kidjo launches new campaign with Pampers to help eliminate tetanus
PARIS, France, 28 September 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy-winning world music artist Angélique Kidjo has launched ‘Give the Gift of Life’, a new campaign with Pampers to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) by 2012.
Haiti prepares for another hurricane season
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 8 September 2009 – Several tropical depressions have already formed in the Caribbean this summer, but Haiti is better prepared today than in 2008, when four major hurricanes slammed into the island.
UNICEF and ECHO prepare for a new storm season in Haiti
NEW YORK, USA, 4 June 2009 – This year’s Atlantic storm season began on Monday and many forecasters are expecting that it will not be as intense as last year, which saw 16 tropical storms and eight hurricanes.
Amid last year’s destruction, Haiti braces for another hurricane season
GONAÏVES, Haiti, 16 March 2009 – As Haiti braces for another hurricane season, UNICEF Representative in Haiti Annamaria Laurini recently surveyed Gonaïves, the country’s third largest city, to evaluate its emergency preparedness. She was accompanied on the visit by UNICEF Emergency Operations Chief Lucia Elmi.
A lifeline for mothers in a Port-au-Prince hospital
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 January 2009 – In the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, no one struggles harder than the women trying to support their families.
UNICEF nominee Paul Farmer receives CDC Foundation Hero Award
NEW YORK, USA, 10 October 2008 – Dr. Paul Farmer, a tireless activist, researcher and public health practitioner whose organization, Partners in Health, provides community-based care for millions of people throughout the developing world, has received the 2008 Hero Award from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.
Haiti’s flood-damaged schools struggle to reopen
GONAIVES, Haiti, 3 October 2008 – Venette and her sister arrived at their school around mid-morning. They were handed a shovel. Then they joined a crew of mud-splattered men and waded into what used to be their cafeteria.
After the storms: Field diary from flood-stricken Gonaïves, Haiti
GONAÏVES, Haiti, 25 September 2008 – I have worked in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1994 to 2000 and have visited Haiti several times during that period. As I landed in Port au Prince this time around, I saw that after more than eight years the situation of poverty and despair has not changed much. Misery can be seen everywhere. Children are begging and women are trying, mostly unsuccessfully, to sell some homemade products.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow urges tsunami-like response in Haiti’s disaster zones
GONAÏVES, Haiti, 22 September 2008 – Looking down from helicopter at the devastation wrought by a month of hurricanes and catastrophic flooding, actress Mia Farrow made an immediate comparison.
Delivering life-saving aid to hurricane-affected children and families in Haiti
GONAÏVES, Haiti, 17 September 2008 – Fernando Thermidor has the look of a toddler who is all cried out as he buries his tear-stained face in his mother’s shoulder.
Storms batter the Caribbean, displacing thousands of children and their families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 5 September 2008 – Over 200 people are dead and nearly 600,000 urgently need help after a series of storms that have battered Haiti over the past three weeks, according to UN officials. And there may be more storms to come.
Executive Director visits UNICEF-supported projects on first official visit to Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 7 January 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has just completed her first trip to Haiti, the country with the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere.
Partners In Health: Preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Haiti
NEW YORK, USA, 6 December 2007 – In Haiti, where 2.2 per cent of the adult population is living with HIV, according to the latest Demographic and Health Survey, care and prevention are urgent issues. The Zanmi Lasante (‘Partners In Health’ in Haitian Creole) project is actively working to reduce the number of new infections, with a special focus on curbing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Basketball star Sam Dalembert brings hope and encouragement to Haitian children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 25 September 2007 – US National Basketball Association star and Philadelphia 76ers centre Samuel Dalembert has just completed a one-week visit to his native country, Haiti, where he spread the message of hope and encouragement to thousands of vulnerable children and women.
Breaking the cycle of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 30 July 2007 – Della lives in an isolated village in the Northwest Department, an arid and mostly barren region that is among the poorest of Haiti’s 10 departments. It is in this economically challenged area that the young mother is raising her four daughters while preparing for the birth of her fifth.
UNICEF and partners help child domestic workers in Haiti regain their rights
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 20 April 2007 – Andre does not know his real name nor how old he is. His mother died when he was young and he says he was sent to work for another family because his father was unable to take care of him.
Dropping guns for books in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 21 September 2006 – A back-to-school campaign has brought new hope to the children of Cité Soleil, the seaside slum in the Haitian capital that has long been regarded as one of most violent neighbourhoods in the whole Western Hemisphere.
Football helps Ivna Chérie, 11, forget violence in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – On a sweltering Saturday morning when many Haitians are staying out of the sun, Ivna Chérie is playing football with her schoolmates on the marram pitch of a dilapidated stadium outside the capital, Port-Au-Prince.
Schools reopen in Bel Air, bringing hope and stability to Haitian children scarred by violence
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 31 March 2006 – Sitting in rows of four on benches newly provided by UNICEF, young girls and boys fill classrooms in the schools of Port-au-Prince’s rundown suburb of Bel Air. And you can read the joy and excitement on their faces.
Haiti’s children still struggling for survival
NEW YORK, USA, 21 March 2006 – Haiti’s children are facing a continuing struggle for survival, with one in eight likely to die before the age of five. A lack of basic services such as water, health care and education are compounded by poverty and violence, locking children into a cycle of deprivation and abuse.
Haiti’s President-elect René Préval pledges to put children on top of political agenda
NEW YORK, USA, 20 February 2006 – Haiti’s new President-elect, René Préval, has announced that he intends to put children on top of his political agenda. "Children must be taken off the streets. Weapons must be taken from the hands of children and replaced with pens and books," said President Préval during a broadcast aired by AFP, the French news agency.
Haiti: Grim reality for street children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 27 December 2005 – Homeless children stand in the middle of a busy street in order to stop passing cars and beg passengers for money. This scene has become far too common in many neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.
Haiti: Paediatric HIV treatments are saving children’s lives
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 October 2005 - Like any boy, 7-year-old Samson Verneret enjoys playing with his favourite toys. But unlike other children his age, Samson is living with HIV.
‘Xchange’ helps children escape from cycle of poverty and violence
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 14 October 2005 – In many parts of this city, Haiti’s capital, armed gangs recruit children for use as messengers, or to commit crimes. The gangs lure the children with money and food – which are hard to come by for many who live in the poverty-stricken neighbourhood of Cité Soleil. But once in a gang, children are coerced to fight other gangs or carry out illegal acts, with a beating or worse as punishment if they refuse.
A home for a child orphaned by Hurricane Jeanne
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 26 September 2005 – “When Hurricane Jeanne hit Gonaives [one year ago], my home was destroyed and both my parents died,” said Daniel Joseph, 11. With no one to turn to for help, Daniel went to Port-au-Prince, the capital.
One year after Hurricane Jeanne, recovery continues
GONAIVES, Haiti, 18 September 2005 – One year ago Hurricane Jeanne slammed into this coastal town, causing flooding and mudslides, leaving over 2,500 people dead or unaccounted for and severely affecting 300,000 more, including at least 150,000 children.
Reaching children with life-saving vaccines
Port-au-Prince, 25 June 2004 − “This is the heart of the immunization campaign in Haiti,” says UNICEF Immunization Officer Enrique Cuevas as we enter the dimly lit warehouse. The cool room offers a nice contrast to the hot summer day.
Haiti Launches Vaccination Week
Millions of children across the Americas will be vaccinated this week as part of an unprecedented campaign led by UNICEF. “Vaccination: an act of love,” will aim to reach the most isolated and vulnerable children in countries such as Haiti where basic health care is badly lacking.