UNICEF in the Field in Haiti
January 7, 2012
Deep Springs International is a small non-governmental organization and UNICEF partner that makes a local water treatment product, Gadyen Dlo – Haitian creole for ‘water guardian’. Since the beginning of the cholera outbreak in 2010, the organization has gone from producing a barrel of product a week to producing 35,000 bottles a week.
December 15, 2011
On December, 11 UNICEF celebrated its 65th anniversary. Created in 1946 from the residual resources from the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration to secure the fate of Europe’s children, few then imagined that it would still be in existence today. Principles of equity were part of UNICEF's guiding vision from the very day of its creation and form part of its mission statement.
November 15, 2011
Following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, IKEA donated a variety toys to UNICEF that were distributed to displaced children living in temporary camps. For Haiti's children — who continue to be affected by an ongoing cholera epidemic and persistent poverty — these materials are not just diversions from their daily routine. The toys offer important opportunities for play and creative expression.
September 2, 2011
UNICEF and its partner Allied Recovery International (ARI) have combined their efforts to provide neighborhoods in Leogane and Port-au-Prince with community wells - a cheaper and sustainable alternative to commercial kiosks. The 60 wells UNICEF and ARI will are between 40 and 60 feet deep which make them unlikely to be contaminated by bacteria like cholera, which has already taken a terrible toll in the region. To date 57 wells are already in use by communities.
June 30, 2011
Rara music groups from Voudou religious communities are urging Haitians to protect themselves and their families in the ongoing fight against cholera, which has killed more than 5,000 people since last October. Mobilizing members of the Voudou community is part of a broader UNICEF partnership with Religions of Peace to combat cholera. Religions for Peace is a worldwide coalition of representatives of faith-based groups.
June 24, 2011
Maintaining critical HIV services for women and children is one of UNICEF's priorities in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. The earthquake destroyed existing medical facilities and living in camps further complicated the situation by increasing the risks and the vulnerability of HIV affected women and children. UNICEF is funding training sessions to strengthen providers' skills, provide anti-retroviral drugs, HIV testing and counseling services.
April 12, 2011
Soccer is being used as a way to foster friendship and understanding between children in the neighboring countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The UNICEF-supported 'Friendship Games,' to take place in June, include cross-border events in volleyball, basketball, judo, chess and other activities. will take place this June in two cities on both sides of the border. During the games, fans will be allowed to travel freely between the two countries.
March 29, 2011
UNICEF is supporting the reconstruction of school buildings across Haiti, with a target to complete 200 schools by the end of June. One such reconstructed school is the Vision Nouvelle - one of only 10 schools in Haiti that offers music classes to its students - allowing them to continue to build their dreams despite the destruction. Through donations and the joint efforts of teachers and parents, the school is hoping to buy a used piano, some violins, violas and flutes.
July 13, 2010
The U.S. fund for UNICEF today gratefully acknowledged receipt of a $5 million grant from the "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon which took place on January 22—10 days after the earthquake struck. The funds represent the second of two grants totaling $11 million to UNICEF to be used to further UNICEF's efforts around Child Protection work in Haiti.
July 12, 2010
"Hope for Haiti Now" (HFHN) today announced the allocation of the remaining $31 million—of the $66 million in total—raised through the Emmy‐nominated telethon "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief." The $31 million will be distributed to partner organizations including Oxfam America, Partners In Health, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yelé Haiti Foundation, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund that are focused on recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.