"Unflagging commitment" by all parties vital to rebuilding Haiti, says World Vision

PORT AU PRINCE, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - As the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake approaches, aid agency World Vision calls for patience and "an unflagging commitment" to the people of Haiti as the nation continues to rebuild.

"Haiti is by far the most complex and challenging emergency I've experienced in nearly 40 years of humanitarian work. I'm still haunted by the Haitian mother who begged me to take her baby during the initial aftermath. I worry there are mothers who would do the same one year later. World Vision is committed to helping rebuild a Haiti where this will never happen."

- Dave Toycen, President & CEO, World Vision Canada, currently in Haiti.

World Vision achievements over the past year:

  • Provided emergency food to more than 1 million people in the first months of the response;
  • Continuing to provide food to more than 120,000 children;
  • Establishing and equipping 11 health clinics for quake-affected families;
  • Providing temporary work opportunities for some 15,000 people;
  • Offering education and play opportunities for more than 6,000 children.

On-going challenges:

  • The unstable political environment makes Haiti a volatile place to work, which always slows and complicates response programming. The new government that takes power in the spring will need to move decisively to keep the response progressing.
  • Land issues and the removal of rubble continue to complicate efforts to build transitional shelters and restore people to their permanent homes.
  • The ongoing threat of cholera will require both specific protective programs as well as special consideration for non-health-related programs.

Visit World Vision Canada's Haiti 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

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