15.09.2017 - News

Back to school in Haiti: Irma blocks the way

“Hurricane Irma has made life even more precarious for families and children. Just as school term is starting, everything is extremely complicated – the floods have caused considerable material losses”, reports Joanitho, our coordinator for the protection of children in Haiti.

In the face of violent winds of up to 300km/hr, Haiti has braced itself for the worst. Although the toll of human casualties is low, the hurricane has caused significant material damage, with over 8,000 houses hit in the north-east of the country. Many inhabitants have lost all that they own in the floods: “The water level rose to the roof; those families could save nothing”. Many children just won’t be able to go back to school. Harvests have been lost, and cattle too; the very vulnerable families are now poorer still.

Terre des hommes is providing support for the affected families by offering them small ways of earning money and helping the children get back to school rapidly. In addition, to counter the high risk of a new outbreak of cholera, we have already distributed hygiene kits to the hardest-hit communities and are raising their awareness of the importance of safe drinking water.

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