One year after, the devastating Hurricane Matthew, Haiti recovers, heals and rebuilds, feeling lucky that Hurricane Irma, the category 5 monster only passed along the northern coasts, a few weeks ago. Haiti could not have beared another disaster as that of the morning of October 4, 2016. Find out more about IOM's work.
On 7 September, Haiti was hit by Hurricane Irma. The North of the country experienced heavy rains, winds and flooding. 10 085 people in the areas affected took shelter in Emergency Evacuation Centers. Working in partnership with local and national authorities, IOM has helped the affected population shelter in emergency evacuation centers and has provided hygiene kits, jerry cans and sleeping mats.
More than 7 years later, 3% of the population displaced by the earthquake still lives camps. Meet these men, women and children at the MODSOL camp in Léogane located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.
Internally displaced by the 2010 earthquake: Distribution of mosquito nets and awareness of vector-borne diseases at the Camp Tabarre ISA
Port-au-Prince Haiti, about 2,900 people displaced by the 2010 earthquake live in Camp Tabarre ISA. IOM's Health, Protection, Return and CMO (Camp Management Operations) teams distributed mosquito nets to 20 families and sensitized them on the use of the mosquito nets and on how to effectively protect themselves from vector-borne diseases.
In Grande Anse, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) project funded by the Directorate General of Civil Protection and European Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is helping to repair roofs damaged by Hurricane Matthew as well as train carpenters in para-cyclonic construction techniques. We met Renaud while he was repairing the house of Illusse in Dame Marie.
From October 2016 to June 2017, 1,781 households from 25 sites have returned to their neighborhoods of origin thanks to the support of the government and its partners.
Relocation of displaced people after Hurricane Matthew: Ena and her children welcome us into their new home
The "Cash for Rent" program allows the victims of Hurricane Matthew to make a fresh start. In Dame Marie, in the Grande-Anse department, Ena and her children welcome us into their new home.
Anse-à-Pîtres, Haïti- June 20th 2017-The International Organization for Migration (IOM) opened, in coordination with the Mayor of Anse-à-Pîtres and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, the first Border Resource Center (BRC). Three additional BRCs are in the process of being built at the remaining three official border sites (Malpasse, Belladère, and Ouanaminthe). These centers will allow local protection agencies (ONM, BPM, and IBESR) to better identify, orient, and assist vulnerable migrants—all while creating a space where local protection agencies can collaborate amongst themselves and provide psycho-social counselling.
As part of its commitment to facilitate migration, IOM, on behalf of the Brazilian embassy, has inaugurated this week its first Humanitarian Visa Application Centre in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.