In response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck southern Haiti on August 14, 2021, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) collaborated with CARE International, an international non-governmental organization based in the United States, to implement the earthquake in Haiti WASH. Assistance project for affected communities and households since December 1, 2021. This project aims to help affected people in three municipalities, Beaumont, Pestel and Roseaux, in the Grand’Anse department of Haiti, to have access to drinking water, hygiene and sanitation facilities, and gradually recover from the devastating earthquake.
The 2021 earthquake in Haiti left at least 2,200 dead and 12,000 injured, and the total affected population was over 800,000. In addition to the need for food, livelihoods and shelter, according to OCHA According to the UN, more than 300,000 people were in desperate need of safe drinking water, while 500,000 needed immediate and long-term support to access water services. In the department of Grand’Anse, it was estimated that there were at least 7,000 destroyed or damaged houses, including household water storage and sanitation facilities, and numerous shelters in the areas. affected also lacked basic water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities. To meet humanitarian needs, the project will rehabilitate household water storage and hand washing stations, install and / or rehabilitate community water treatment and distribution facilities. In addition, during the period of rehabilitation or installation of storage and water supply facilities, the project will organize water tankers for target communities to meet short-term needs, and information campaigns and awareness-raising and awareness-raising on hygiene will also be carried out. With all these efforts, this project aims to improve the access of affected people to safe and clean water resources, as well as to hygiene information on the prevention of water-borne diseases. It is estimated that 2,600 households, or around 13,000 people, will benefit from the project.
The Taiwanese technical mission to Haiti sent by the TaiwanICDF focused on the implementation of long-term agricultural projects in Haiti. The mission is also providing relevant agricultural aid after the disaster. The aforementioned humanitarian assistance project is implemented through cooperation between TaiwanICDF and a renowned INGO to provide WASH assistance in line with local needs. This project will further strengthen Taiwan’s image as a provider of humanitarian aid.