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Rick Perera: Presentation at IRD event at Emory University

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Rick Perera, Press Officer, CARE USA - presented during "In the Wake of Disaster: Responses to Haiti" session at IRD conference at Emory University on Sept. 30, 2010

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Rick Perera: Presentation at IRD event at Emory University

  1. 1. CARE Haiti Emergency Response & Community Engagement
  2. 2. Overview: Scale of emergency  220,000 dead  1.5 million displaced  Government paralyzed  City of Léogâne: 90% destroyed  Centralized services immobilized
  3. 3. CARE response: Immediate relief  Mobilization of human resources (national and international, community engagement as feasible)  Difficult communications: community access, national staff  Evaluation/community consultation/immediate delivery (water purification)  Identification of priorities: food, water and sanitation; community input  Aid at regional sub-office level  Mobilization of financial resources (initial goal of $10 million over 3 years, actual of $100 million over 5 years)
  4. 4. Priority sectors and locations Pétionville, Leogâne, Carrefour, Artibonite  Shelter  Water and sanitation  Food security  Health  Psychosocial support and education  Host family assistance
  5. 5. Distributions – approx. 300,000 beneficiaries  General distributions – a service to the sectors  Food & non-food items (tarps, tents, hygiene kits, mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, safe delivery and newborn kits, etc.)
  6. 6. Community partners: e.g. Scouts
  7. 7. Water and sanitation  Water distribution  Construction of latrines, showers, hand-washing stations  Hygiene promotion  Drainage  Solid-waste management  Setup and training of committees
  8. 8. Water/sanitation committees
  9. 9. Cleanup/solid waste management
  10. 10. Food security  Cash for work: Canal cleaning, rehabilitation of secondary roads, etc.  Distribution of tools and seeds (productive inputs) and voucher systems
  11. 11. Shelter  Distribution of emergency materials (tarps, ropes, household items, etc.) - 17,000 families
  12. 12. Shelter  Transitional shelters (target 5,000 families) and reinforcement kits (target 20,000 families)
  13. 13. Shelter  Advocacy (land rights, forced relocation, etc.)  Awareness-raising on safe construction techniques
  14. 14. Reproductive health, sexual/gender-based violence protection  Distribution of safe- delivery and newborn kits  Center for women – proximity strategy  Referral system  Integration of reproductive health services into primary health services
  15. 15. Psychosocial support – education  Parent and teacher training  Distribution of recreational materials  Proximity strategy
  16. 16. Coordination  With communities  Internally within CARE Haiti and the larger CARE family  With authorities (technical ministries and local authorities)  With other partners via numerous coordination forums  With donors …including numerous other partners
  17. 17. Looking ahead: priorities for reconstruction  Partnership with government/civil society  Supporting capacity development of Haitian society  Promoting dialogue among humanitarian actors, and between international community and local civil society  Addressing deep inequalities, encouraging social cohesion  Women’s empowerment/youth engagement

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