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After the Earthquake, UNICEF Is Working to Help Haiti's Schools Reopen

August 19, 2021

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Just weeks before children in Haiti were set to go back to school, a major earthquake and punishing tropical storm have made getting an education even more difficult in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Early assessments show extensive damage to schools, according to UNICEF Representative in Haiti Bruno Maes. "The latest calamity comes on top of two years that saw children out of school for months at a time due to political or security challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic," Maes said on August 18. "Putting children back in classrooms is perhaps the best way to make sure they — and their families and communities — can recover."

 

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UNICEF is rushing emergency supplies to those in need after the Haiti earthquake, and working to provide students, parents and teachers with the support they need to resume school and regain a sense of normalcy. You can help. Please donate to Haiti relief efforts. 

 

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Top photo: The 7.2 magnitude Haiti earthquake on August 14, 2021, destroyed many schools and damaged others, including College Mazenod in Camp-Perrin, Les Cayes. UNICEF is working to help children in Haiti get back to the classroom so they can continue their education and reach their full potential. © UNICEF/UN0503649/Rouzier. Video by Tong Su for UNICEF USA.