World Vision Canada President Visits Camp Today
PORT AU PRINCE, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Dave Toycen, president of World Vision
Canada, visits Corail today, a camp located outside Port-au-Prince,
where he will meet with children and families to discuss their concerns
and hopes for the future. Since the earthquake in January, World Vision
has supported displaced Haitians by providing emergency shelter. Now
small houses, known as transitional shelters, are being built to
accommodate families still living in camps.
World Vision's transitional shelters were designed in partnership with
Haitian families, taking into account their specific needs and concerns
- back doors were included to give a sense of security and porches were
added as a place for cooking and socializing.
"There is no quick fix when it comes to meeting the need for proper
shelter in Haiti. Thousands of children and their families are waiting
to move from a tent to a home, but it's a complicated and lengthy
process. We want to make this happen for them as quickly as possible;
we also want to make sure it's done right. These families deserve no
less than the best possible quality of life."
—Dave Toycen, President & CEO, World Vision Canada, currently in Haiti.
Land issues and the removal of rubble continue complicating efforts to
build transitional shelters and move families to their permanent homes
Most camps are on privately owned land and permission must be granted by
landowners before any work can commence on site
The government still has not allocated enough public land for relocating
displaced people with a chronic scarcity of land available for
World Vision provided transitional shelters for an initial 620 families
World Vision remains committed to the construction of semi-permanent
homes for 3,500 families in the coming year
Corail was chosen by the Haitian government as one of three sites for
relocating people from the overcrowded camps in the capital. World
Vision's ongoing programs in Corail include the construction of more
than 1,000 transitional shelters, a school, a supplementary food
program and cash-for-work to enable families to provide for themselves.
Visit World Vision Canada's Haiti newsroom (worldvision.ca/newsroom) to download the agency's one-year report, video b-roll and photos.
World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our
Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most
vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race,
ethnicity or gender.
SOURCE World Vision Canada
For further information:
Rachel Allred - 905-565-6200 ext. 2420; mobile - 647-328-3769 Rachel_allred@worldvision.ca