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A year on in Haiti.


5:52am 12th January 2011

In the year since the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, CAFOD supporters have donated £5.3m to the emergency.

One year ago, on the afternoon of January 12, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s capital Port au Prince. More than 230,000 people were killed, 300,000 injured and 1.5m were left homeless.

The generous response of CAFOD supporters across England and Wales to the plight of Haitians has seen £5.3m given to the CAFOD Haiti Earthquake Appeal in just 12 months. But there is still an enormous amount of work still to do.

CAFOD’s head of humanitarian Matthew Carter said: “There is no quick fix to coping with the scale of this humanitarian disaster, but it is vital that Haitians are allowed to be at the heart of this massive task of recovery, so that they play their part in bringing about a less vulnerable and more equitable nation.”

CAFOD, working through its Caritas partners, is using supporters’ donations to bring aid to the people still living in camps and helping survivors of the earthquake rebuild their lives.

Regional CAFOD spokesperson said:

“The tireless fundraising of CAFOD supporters from x in response to this terrible disaster has shown that even when individuals and families are facing hard financial times, they can still be astonishingly generous.

“It will take years of hard work for the people of Haiti to rebuild what they have lost and we, in the UK, are showing we are there for the long-haul; we are not just fair weather friends.”

Over the past year CAFOD-funded aid has delivered:

•       Tents and shelters for thousands of people made homeless by the quake, as well as kitchen kits containing pots, pans and cooking   utensils

•       Shower blocks, latrines and hygiene kits in camps; all are vital for preventing the spread of disease

•       A safe water supply for more than 40,000 people, using “water bladders” – large plastic inflatable tanks of water that are regularly refilled

•       Medical supplies for families at risk of cholera

•       Health education to spread the word about cholera and, and good hygiene practices

•       Disaster Risk Reduction/Preparedness education  to help people prepare for future emergencies

•       Permanent homes that are resistant to earthquakes and hurricanes, built by  Haitian community members and skilled craftsmen using local, sustainable materials

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