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Huddle for Haiti lands in Port-au-Prince

Huddle for Haiti lands in Port-au-Prince

January 10, 2011

On Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, killing an estimated 222,570 people and injuring more than 300,000 others. It was the worst quake to hit the country in more than 200 years and reduced much of the capital to rubble.

Since then, Oxfam has provided clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to more than 317,000 displaced people, helped construct more than 2,200 latrines, provided 98,000 people with emergency shelter, distributed hygiene kits containing personal-care items like soap, shampoo and towels to 120,000 people and assisted 134,000 people through our cash-for-work programs.

“Canadians overwhelmingly demonstrated their care and concern for Haitians in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and this trip is a symbol of Canadians’ continued commitment to help Haiti rebuild,” said Robert Fox, executive director of Oxfam Canada. “With hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents and a cholera outbreak placing further stress on the Haitian people, these kinds of demonstrations of support are all the more important.”

You can follow the trip via the Huddle for Haiti Facebook page. Here is the trip’s itinerary:

January 9th, 2011
8.30 AM: Arrival at Haiti Arise, Grand Goave for non-denominational Memorial Service for earthquake survivors.

January 10th, 2011
Leogane, Haiti
CARE Canada runs a community-based program that provides support and counseling for Haitian children traumatized by the earthquake, and for their parents. They have asked us to facilitate a day of sport-programming, focusing on soccer (the kids have soccer balls, which were provided to them in donated recreation kits), as well as football. CARE will also tour the group through the facilities and programs they are delivering in Leogane, providing water, building latrines and showers, and organizing citizens to promote good hygiene. Since the earthquake, CARE has built 800 latrines and 140 showers serving 106,000 people in Léogâne and Carrefour, bringing clean drinking water to 45,000 people.

January 11th, 2011
 Team Canada Healing Hands/Healing Hands For Haiti.
Kay Kapab Clinic
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

TCHH (TCHH.org) provides rehab for children amputees and those with crushed spine problems. The clinic is close to downtown PAP not far from the Palace. TCHH also has close dealings with the Wings of Hope orphanage which currently has 45 occupants with physical and cognitive disabilities. The orphanage is half an hour from PAP in the mountains. Besides entertaining the kids in the orphanage, there is a need to assist with reestablishing and documenting inventory for the clinic.

January 12th, 2011
One-Year Anniversary of the Earthquake
Memorial service in Port-au-Prince

January 13th, 2011
TBD

January 14th, 2011
Oxfam Latrine Building Program
Oxfam’s cash-for-work projects give those living in camps a chance to earn an income while improving their environment by building latrines and clearing rubble. Oxfam has provided business management training, cash grants, cash-for-work opportunities, and access to community canteens to more than 175,000 people since January. Carpenters, grocery store owners, tailors, mechanics, cooks and other skilled tradespeople are restarting their businesses – and are newly able to provide for their families.  Players will be working alongside Haitians.

January 15th, 2011
Depart

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