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Present in Haiti since 1989, Terre des hommes (Tdh) strengthens protective measures for children within their families, public institutions and communities, provides care to children suffering from malnutrition, improves access to water and sanitation and supplies emergency aid during disasters. In 2012, almost 80,000 people benefited from the activities of Tdh.


The context

Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of people living in camps has dropped from 1.5 million to 350,000 by 2013. Half of the ten million cubic metres of debris have been cleared away. However, only a tiny percentage of the 100,000 seriously damaged homes have been rebuilt. Great need remains regarding access to drinking water and sanitation and child protection mechanisms in particular. Now considered endemic, cholera will continue to claim victims in coming years. According to the United Nations, 45% of the population were living with threatened food security in 2011. According to OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) in January 2013, 2.1 million people were still living in a state of chronic food insecurity.

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The situation of the children

• 165 children out of 1'000 die before the age of 5 (CH: 5‰)
• 25% of all babies are born underweight (less than 2.5 kg)
• 21% of children between ages 5 and 14 work
• Between 150,000 and 500,000 children employed as domestic workers (restaveks)
• 9% of all children born in Haiti in 2012 were born to mothers aged 15 to 17 years
• 74% of births are not attended by a trained person

Tdh in Haiti: Delegate : Edoardo Tagliani • Expatriate employees: 4 • National staff : 80 • Intervention areas : Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes, Petit Gôave, Grand Gôave, • Partner Organisations : IBESR, DINEPA, Civil Protection, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, Doctors of the World Switzerland • 2013 Budget : CHF 2,664,645.-

Our intervention

Water, hygiene, sanitation – In cooperation with DINEPA (National Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation), Tdh is providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene to communities in remote regions. Latrines, wells and systems of rainwater collection are built with the assistance and involvement of the community. Inhabitants are educated about hygiene and “water committees” are responsible for properly managing this essential resource.

Child protection – Tdh partners with IBESR (Institute of Social Well-Being and Research) to improve living conditions for children who are separated, mistreated, victims of neglect or physical, moral or sexual abuse, or who are forced to work. Tdh supports their return to their family and strengthens the families’ ability to protect them. Tdh also works to strengthen community links and competencies to implement activities for children and adults in cooperation with local associations.

2012 Results

•Three years after the earthquake and the cholera epidemic that devastated Haiti in 2010, the country is having difficulty recovering from the damages. Port-au-Prince and its surrounding region still have dozens of temporary camps. While criticism escalated against what was considered to be the premature exit of numerous organisations from the country, Tdh undertook the transformation of its humanitarian activities into long-term projects. The foundation plans to continue to intervene on behalf of the most disadvantaged Haitians and support the authorities in their tasks.
•One thousand children placed in institutions were able to re-establish their family connections and 500 of them were reunited or placed in foster families, while almost 1,700 at-risk children benefited from individual care.
•Furthermore, in order to make its years of direct intervention sustainable, Tdh has handed over the management of a treatment centre for malnutrition to the Department of Health. Tdh’s work in Haiti has benefited more than 65,000 people.

What Tdh can do with :

CHF 100.–
Provide one day of training in parental responsibility to ten adolescent mothers.

CHF 300.–
Relaunch of an incomegenerating activity for an at-risk family with four children.


Léger, Tdh beneficiary in Haiti

When he was one year old, Léger was suffering from severe malnutrition. He spent eight months in a specialist nutrition unit and in a stabilisation unit at a nearby hospital.

- Léger, Tdh beneficiary in Haiti

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