Shot from the air of CV Santo after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince
As it currently stands, the emergency relief effort in Haiti will probably go on for some time. This may be similar to the effort in Kashmir, where even two years after the 2005 earthquake, SOS Children was still actively involved in the emergency relief effort, as highlighted in this article:
One year after the Kashmir earthquake and SOS Children had distributed 1,100 high-spec waterproof tents, of which 100 served as an emergency shelter for survivors in Muzaffarabad, 200 were used to set up 25 tented schools in Ghari Dopatta, and others were distributed to families in need. Before the earthquake, there were 11,500 schools in Kashmir; 10,000 were destroyed so tented lessons were badly needed.
By a year after the event, many children had been reunited with their families, but where this was not possible, there has still been a happy ending for some. Of the children who were orphaned as a result of the earthquake, 224 have now found a new home with SOS Children: in the SOS Children's Villages in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Dhodial and Faisalabad, at the emergency centre in Lahore and in Rawalpindi at the SOS reception centre and newly-founded youth home.
However there was still much to do.
Victims of the earthquake were still a high priority for our colleagues in Pakistan in Nov 2007, two years after the earthquake. SOS Children remained the only organization authorised by the Government of Pakistan to admit orphans and more projects were still in course.
The tally on children in the second year was:
Around 300 lone children were in our care, with a huge influx expected with the next centres opening 32 children were being cared for at the SOS Emergency Shelter in Lahore. 3 children have moved to Life Care in Lahore, which is an organisation that specifically helps children with special needs. 5 more children who could not be reunited with their families have been given a loving family in the SOS Childrens Village in Rawalpindi. 72 children were at the new SOS Emergency Shelter in Rawalpindi. 12 young adults were being supported at the SOS Youth Home in Rawalpindi. 23 children were already in the new SOS Childrens Village in Sialkot. 51 children are at the new SOS Emergency Shelter in Dhodial, NWFP 3 more children who could not be reunited with their families have been given a loving family in the SOS Childrens Village in Faisalabad 72 children were reunited with their extended families.