PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - To mark the one-year anniversary of the
earthquake that devastated Haiti, Dave Toycen, president of World
Vision Canada, will spend time with children of Port-au-Prince who lost
their homes and are still living in tents and under tarpaulins.
These children will be participating in an art activity in one of World
Vision's Child-Friendly spaces - safe, supervised areas in camps for
children to play, learn and receive psychosocial support. On the
anniversary the children will be drawing pictures that express their
"hopes for the future".
Toycen will also visit one of World Vision's Early Childhood Development
Spaces, where children ages 3-8 participate in activities that help
prepare them for formal schooling.
Training people to work with children in Child-Friendly Spaces and Early
Childhood Development Learning Spaces has been an important and
urgently needed response in the earthquake's aftermath. In World
Vision's programs, teachers are trained in partnership with local
organization Tipa Tipa (Creole for "Step by Step"). Tipa Tipa instruction encourages imagination and interaction and creates a
learning space and routine that is critical for children.
"All children have the right to an education, but thousands of Haitian
children were robbed of this right when the quake destroyed scores of
schools. Without a chance to learn, Haitian children and their families
have little hope for a brighter future. Staff at our learning centres
and child-friendly spaces can attest to how much a child's life
improves with a little education. We need to keep working hard with the
Government of Haiti and other NGOs to give more children a chance to
- Dave Toycen, President, World Vision Canada
World Vision has trained 250 people living in camps to teach using the Tipa Tipa method, which is recognized by the Haitian Ministry of Education
More than 1,100 children join in activities each week in World Vision's
15 Early Childhood Development locations in Port-au-Prince
80% of schools in Port-au-Prince were destroyed or damaged during the
earthquake (Haiti Ministry of Education)
World Vision has been working in Haiti for over 30 years focusing on
emergency relief and response, child protection, and sustainable
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