CARE's assistance began the morning after the quake. Even though many of our staff in Haiti had lost their own homes and family, they immediately went to work surveying the damage and needs and mounting recovery and relief efforts. CARE has reached more than 290,000 beneficiaries through the distribution of tarps, tents, shelter kits, ropes, mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, hygiene, clean delivery kits, newborn kits and food and is providing access to water through installation of water bladders and water tankers, in Port-au-Prince, Pétionville, Carrefour, Léogâne, and Jérémie.
Shipments of tents and shelter supplies have been delivered and CARE is mobilizing additional staff to assist in setting up temporary shelters in Leogane. The United Nations is also now supplying CARE with reproductive health kits and clean delivery kits for distribution. CARE is currently targeting 106,053 beneficiaries through latrine construction and 44,550 through water trucking in Carrefour and Léogâne. Additionally, CARE is creating 20 women's centres in Carrefour and Leogane to help prevent gender-based violence and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, and is helping improve health facilities for victims of gender-based violence.Find out more about Care Canada's work in Haiti