More than six years after the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, tens of thousands of people – between 65,000 and 150,000, depending on what statistics you read – are still displaced and living in tent camps, most with limited access to potable water and electricity. Their homes are temporary structures patched together with tarps, blankets, scraps of wood and plastic. Trash fills the streets and sewage runs in open ditches.
Many of these refugees settled in a tent camp city near Port-au-Prince where HOW Global has adopted a small school set up for displaced children. HOW Global immediately got busy repairing pipes and pumps, building new water tanks and initiating the development of a Green Hub. A new roof, school supplies, water filters and plans for a rainwater catchment are underway for the school children who currently walk to a nearby pump to get water that is not potable, but used for washing and cooking.
Relief organizations like Haiti Mission and the Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation sought the advice of Founder Rachael Paulson to advise them on implementing the HOW Global school-based Green Hub concept as an outreach approach.
Thanks to the support of US sister schools and corporate and employee matching programs, we continue to work toward sustainability in this devastated community.
EMERGENCY RELIEF UPDATE – Hurricane Matthew
In response to Hurricane Matthew, HOW Global has teamed up with doctors and organizations like New Life 4 Kids, a local orphanage in Port-au-Prince, to support 175,000 newly homeless in the South Mountains of Port-au-Prince. In this area alone, more than 1000 were killed and many more suffer from cholera and other water-borne diseases.
Additionally, we are currently working alongside long-time partner Haiti Mission to rebuild community gardens destroyed in the storm, and in partnership with a generous group of New Jersey doctors to provide desperately-needed medical supplies.
There is much work to be done here in Haiti as we work toward rebuilding community and creating sustainability. Your support is needed.