This week is the second anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and we marked the occasion with a special broadcast last night, in which we looked at what has happened in the country since the disaster, with George's trip to Port-Au-Prince and Jacmel.
If you missed the show, check back soon to see the full episode here.
These are some of the groups who are working on the ground in Haiti at the moment. To find out more about their activities, follow the links below:
APJ: Artists for Peace and Justice is an NGO dedicated to addressing issues of poverty and enfranchisement that has been working to build schools in Haiti since the earthquake and provide education, food, drinking water and medical treatment in particularly impoverished areas. Filmmaker Paul Haggis, one of the driving forces behind APJ, took George on a tour of some of the organization's projects.
WFP: The World Food Programme is the food aid arm of the United Nations, and has been present in Haiti since 1969. In the months immediately following the earthquake in 2010, the WFP provided emergency food assistance, distributing vital food supplies to some 4 million Haitians. Currently the organization is working to help improve food access for the country's most vulnerable people through school meals, nutrition programs and agricultural rehabilitation. About one third of Haiti's population is considered to be food insecure.
Partners In Health: This medical NGO has been in Haiti since the 1980s, running community clinics, hospitals, labs and several schools. After the earthquake, the Zanmi Lasante project ("Partners in Health" in Haitian Creole) delivered aid, established health outposts in camps for displaced people and helped co-ordinate a health-care response to the disaster.
St. Damien Hospital: Nearly 10% of children in Haiti die before their fifth birthday, largely of treatable illnesses. St. Damien is the premier pediatric hospital in the country, offering professional care to children in need. All hospital services are provided free of charge, thanks to donations from benefactors from around the world.
Ciné Institute: Haiti's only film school, the Ciné Institute, is based in Jacmel, where they offer a two-year university-level curriculum in technology and commercial film production, with the goal of empowering Haitian youth to grow local media industries. The school welcomes foreign professionals who offer their expertise to the students.
Action Aid: The international anti-poverty NGO's initial response to the earthquake was to help in the distribution of essential supplies, such as food items and medical kits. Since then it has moved towards the development of cash for work and livelihood programs in order to provide people with the means to purchase their own food. The organization also works to develop psycho-social care programs, disaster risk reduction and the longterm development of policy solutions to address the effects of poverty.
UNESCO for Haiti: In the immediate aftermath of the 2010 quake, The UN's cultural arm helped co-ordinate the activities of various actors on the ground in Haiti, and has been working to identify, organize and protect vital pieces of infrastructure damaged in the disaster and preserve irreplaceable expressions of culture. In late 2010, former Canadian governor-general Michaëlle Jean was named UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti.
The Humanitarian Coalition: The Coalition is a network of five prominent NGOs who collaborated to provide effective relief in Haiti. For more details on CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Québec, Plan Canada and Save The Children Canada, follow the link.
World Vision: After the 2010 quake hit, World Vision initiated what it calls "the biggest single-country humanitarian response ever undertaken in the organization's history." Among its efforts are the management of several displacement camps, food security programs, clean water provisions and education opportunities, not to mention a partnership with the NHL Players Association and former Montreal Canadien Georges Laraque, who talked about his visit to Haiti when he was in the red chair late last year.
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