HAITI: MEDIA BRIEFING FROM SALESIAN MISSIONS

Publication Date: 
July 12, 2010

Six Months After the Earthquake, Salesian Missions Has Worked Miracles, But Progress is Slow

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 HAITI UPDATES:

  • Six months after the devastating earthquake, Salesian Missions reports the situation remains critical and that steps toward progress often meet the unexpected.
  • 22 containers of relief supplies – including food, water, clothing, medical supplies and forklifts – have been shipped by Salesian Missions, as well as two school buses.
  • Demolition and construction continues, much of it still by hand.
  • Students have returned to tent classrooms and pre-fabricated classrooms, while 40 teachers have been hired.
  • The Salesian Students Network computer system is in development to create 13 classrooms to help university students who have been unable to return to school.
  • Some humanitarian organizations and many people have left the country but Salesian Missions will continue its work throughout the country.
  • To date, approximately $2.7M in funds have been spent by Salesian Missions on relief efforts for the Haitian people, along with additional in-kind donations.

 
Salesian Centers are starting their work again in various locations:

Port-au-Prince:

(Facilities include National School of Arts & Trades, school and youth center)

  • Lessons are being taught on the grounds where the National School of Arts & Trades (ENAM) once stood.  Daily classes are being held in prefabricated buildings.
  • 9,000 middle school students receive breakfast (a cup of milk and bread) daily.  A new kitchen will be installed soon to provide food for the children from the schools in Cité Soleil and La Saline, the poorest districts in the area.
  • More than 300 children in Lakay (street children reception center) are being cared for on a daily basis.

Thorland:  

(Facilities include youth center, meeting center and recreation area)

  • 12,000 refugees are receiving accommodations.
  • Refugees are also receiving psychological help as they wait to be re-located.
  • Youth groups continue with cultural, recreational, and spiritual activities, which have never been interrupted.

Gressier:

(Facilities include primary school, secondary school/boarding school and community house in rural area)

  • Academic work and providing hospitality continues in tents.
  • Salesian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have promised to cover the financial costs of the rebuilding of the study center and part of the elementary schools.

Pétionville:

(Facilities include primary school, high school, technical and vocational training schools)

  • All activities have started up again.
  • The boundary walls have been rebuilt to provide security and safety for the children.

Cap-Haitien:

(Facility for agricultural training)

  • Teacher salaries and the school meals are being provided.
  • Plans for the refurbishment of school facilities at Gonaives have been approved.
  • Approximately 140 students will receive food and instruction for three years.

Fort-Liberté:

(Facilities include vocational training center, teacher training facility and the only school for nurses left in the country)

  • School of Nursing training is taking place at the only school for nurses left in the country.