TORONTO, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - The young people of Haiti need protection,
education and job opportunities if the earthquake-ravaged country is to
properly recover, says children's organization, Plan Canada.
One year after the disaster, the nation finds itself at a crossroads-
but only strong and swift decisions by the government will take it down
the road to a fair and sustainable future says Plan.
Based on priorities identified by children and youth in Plan and UNICEF
nationwide consultations, the Haitian government is now being called
Adopt a national building code and approved designs for permanent, safe and disability-friendly
Create an effective birth registration system (including free registration for all people who lost birth certificates
in the earthquake) - to ensure better access to education, social and
health services; clarify land ownership & prevent child trafficking &
other child rights abuses
Create formal mechanisms for children and youth to fully engage with the Government & the Interim Commission for the
Reconstruction of Haiti (CIRH) in the rebuilding process.
"The challenge that lies ahead is enormous but we can't lose sight of
the progress that is being made and the opportunity moving forward to
do better for Haiti," said President and CEO of Plan Canada, Rosemary McCarney. "Patience,
time, and significant resources are required to make sustainable steps
toward recovery but equally important is the need for strong governance
and good co-ordination to ensure those efforts are effective."
Lack of land and the absence of an approved building code for earthquake
and hurricane-proof buildings are seriously hindering efforts. The lack
of a proper system to replace or provide people's legal documents is
also proving a major challenge.
"Children and young people's voices must also be heard in order for
Haiti to build back strategically and preventatively. In our national
survey of some 1,000 young people their key desire was clear -
education, education, education. Plan's work has always prioritized
learning and we know that it will be crucial for the future of the
country," said McCarney.
Plan has operated in Haiti for more than 30 years in education, health
and livelihood projects.
Plan's emergency response in the last 12 months has to date:
Helped 30,000 children back to school by rebuilding some 50 schools,
providing school kits, training teachers & providing equipment.
Supported treatment of 27,000 patients in mobile clinics, backed with a
$13 million drug donation
Vaccinated 31,000 children against diseases
Provided 39,000 people with tents and basic non-food supplies in the
immediate earthquake aftermath
Provided work for 28,000 people through our cash-for-work schemes -
clearing 13,000 metres of road, 50,000 of canals and drains, digging
latrines, clearing sites for classrooms and planting over 400,000
seedlings on deforested land
Reached 100,000 people through our cholera response since October with
hygiene kit distributions, prevention campaigns and water & sanitation
and health interventions
To read our full 12 month on report, go to: plancanada.ca
SOURCE Plan Canada
For further information:
For interview requests or to arrange media field visits in Haiti, please contact: Kristy Payne, Media Manager, Plan Canada: email@example.com or 416 920 1654 ext 211.