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Schoolgirl, Haiti

Plan is working to ensure thousands of children have access to a quality education

Plan’s work in Haiti covers 4 key areas, all of which are rooted in the rights of the child:
  • healthcare and basic nutrition
  • quality education for boys and girls
  • household economic security
  • youth and community leadership.

 

Health

Ensuring that children grow with good access to quality and sustainable health services

Issues: high infant and maternal mortality rates due to lack of knowledge of preventive health, malnutrition, preventable diseases, HIV/Aids, and poor access to health facilities.

Key Activities: nutrition programs, vaccination, sensitization of the population on cholera, training of health workers and leaders in Integrated Preventive Health practices, and the construction and equipment of Cholera Treatment Units.

Education

Ensuring children acquire basic competencies and life skills

Issues: insufficient access to ECCD (Education Centered on Child Development), qualified teachers, school infrastructure and school supplies, low capacity of students, high percentage of school drop outs.

Key activities – support to schools, ECCD (CTBV: Centre Timoun byen vini (creole) - Healthy Child Center) program, training of teachers and school principals, capacity building for senior staff of the Department of Education, vocational training, functional literacy for adults, book and material supplies, school infrastructure improvement and equipment.

Water, Hygiene and Sanitation

Ensuring that children and their families live in a safe environment with potable water

Issues: proliferation of water borne diseases, poor access to water and sanitation infrastructure, unsafe environment and lack of knowledge of good hygiene practices and infrastructure management.

Key activities: IEC (Information Education and Communication) aimed at behavior change, the promotion of improved latrines and hygienic practices, training of community leaders on water supply management, construction and rehabilitation of water points and waste management.

Household Economic Security

Ensuring an increase in the income of the poorest families for the benfit of the children.

Issues: insufficient food in families, female illiteracy, low access to credit, low agricultural production and productivity, weak CBOs and low family incomes.

Key activities: training and support of women and youth groups, income diversification, supply of improved seeds, credit and savings, training of CBOs for self-promotion and resource mobilization.

Children and Youth Protection and Participation

Facilitate child protection and ensure the participation of children in the development process.

Issues: many children are victims of violence, have no birth certificate, are victims of trafficking, infected and affected by HIV, and do not participate in the development process of the communities.

Key Activities: support to Birth Registration processes, fight against violence, HIV/Aids,  child trafficking, lobbying, IEC campaigns on children rights, training of children’s clubs and child protection committees.

Strengthening the capacity of Community Based Organizations (CBOs)

Facilitate CBOs’ participation in the community development process.

Issues: poor organization of CBOs, not officially recognized, illiteracy of their members, low involvement in the development of their communities.

Key activities: CBOs’ training in leadership, project management, support for legalization process, support to local Civil Protection Committees and training/ capacity building for staff of government agencies.

Disaster Risk and Response

To ensure that child rights are respected and child needs are satisfied during disaster period.

Issues: (1) major disasters eg earthquake and tropical storms (2) drought due to inconsistent and irregular rainfall (3) weak capacity to respond in case of disaster (4) flooding due to eroded land and poor drainage systems (5) housing built with no understanding of/respect for urban norms.

Key activities: (1) support communities affected by disasters by addressing health, learning, habitat, food security and child protection issues (2) staff training in emergency and disaster response; development of emergency plans for staff, information about child rights, and basic needs supply to communities in the post disaster scenario.