Distribution of relief goods in the community centre from the…
Storm relief programme in Haiti
Distribution of relief goods in the community centre from the SOS Social Center and SOS Emergency relief program in Cap Haïtien, Haiti.
I've been finding out about the storm relief programme in Haiti.
In October 2008 numerous tropical storms had been hitting the extremely poor country of Haiti. So, SOS Children's Villages did something about the situation.
Haiti's civil defence and the organization that is in charge of disasters in the country, reported that the homes of 10,376 families had been destroyed, 77 people had died, 9 people were reported missing and 35 people were injured. It was also reported that most of the school and health centre facilities of the affected communities were seriously damaged and a large part of the crops had been lost.
Water was leaking into many houses and many community centres. The parents worked very hard to drain the water from the centres. People were facing lack of food, drinking water and other basics. The families who receive SOS family support in the affected areas of Cap Haitién and Santo were given packages with rations once every two weeks over a period of two months, since famine is a very real threat at such times.
Co-worker helping a little girl to tie her shoe laces at the Social Center Sao Paulo-Poá, Brazil.
You might wonder why is it important to invest in family support? SOS Children's Villages gives special attention to cities in which a large number of vulnerable children are identified. Presently there are 13 programs to prevent child abandonment in different cities of the country in Brazil, in which thousands of children, youth, and families of the community are benefited.
The programs are located in the regions of Manaus, Lauro de Freitas, Engenho do Meio, Jacarepaguá and Pedra Bonita, Juiz de Fora, João Pessoa, Caicó, Santa Maria and Rio Bonito, Poá and São Bernardo do Campo.