Humanitarian Coalition launches ‘Haiti Portal’
"Haitians have shown incredible resilience and this is another chance for Canadians to show their support and solidarity,” Oxfam Canada Executive Director Robert Fox said. “Canadians have been incredibly generous, but after an earthquake, a tropical storm and now a cholera outbreak, Haitians need signs of support more than ever.”
The portal accepts YouTube links and photo messages as well as typed messages.
“There is no better way to commemorate the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti than to declare our continued commitment to helping Haitians rebuild their lives and their nation. Our message is one of hope and solidarity with the Haitian people,” said David Morley, President & CEO of Save the Children Canada.
The site will also be a go-to portal for journalists looking for content, updates, videos and photos from CARE, Oxfam and Save the Children programs in Haiti.
“Words of support are hollow if they are not backed up by action. That’s why the other purpose of this portal is to be accountable, to show Canadians how we are using their generous donations on the ground to support Haitians,” said Kevin McCort, President and CEO of CARE Canada.
On Jan. 12, 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, HUMANITARIAN COALITION members have 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 and assisted 134,000 people with our cash-for-work programs. Some 80 health facilities (including mobile clinics) have also been established or rehabilitated and more than 41,000 children have been enrolled in temporary safe schools.
With a combined presence in 120 countries, the joint efforts by the members of THE HUMANITARIAN COALITION provide a widespread and effective response to emergencies.