11th March: 2010: Two months since the massive January 12th earthquake that struck Port au Prince, killing an estimated 230,000 people and devastating the lives, homes and livelihoods of millions more, Irish people are still digging deep in their pockets to support the efforts of those who are working tirelessly to bring aid and relief to the people of Haiti.
More recently, Aer Arann customers raised over €16,000 for Concern’s Haiti Appeal following the airline’s in flight collection during February. The amount raised was overwhelming in such a short space of time, demonstrating how a little from many goes a very long way.
Richard Dixon, Head of Fundraising, Concern said “We are humbled by the phenomenal response that Concern has received to its Haiti earthquake appeal and we’d like to offer sincere thanks to Aer Arann and its passengers for their support. The road to recovery in Haiti is long but these funds are helping Concern provide immediate emergency supplies to people in Haiti.”
Andrew Kelly, Corporate Affairs Director, Aer Arann added “We would like to sincerely thank all of our fantastic customers and staff who donated to the Concern Haiti Appeal during our in-flight collection last month. We were truly amazed at the amount raised and are delighted to support Concern’s vital work in Haiti over the coming weeks and months.
Concern has more than doubled its team of 106 local staff in Haiti to 250 and has provided an additional 23 international Emergency Response staff, of which 14 are Irish, as part of its medium-term programme to provide ongoing relief and support to 150,000 people within six months of the disaster.
The organisation has identified seven key areas on which it will focus as part of its six-month programme to provide ONGOING relief and support to the following:
• Shelter and non-food items to 30,000 people.
• Access to clean water and sanitation for 50,000 people with a capacity of 135,000 litres per day.
• The prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition from specialised locations targeting 2,500 children under one-year of age and almost 2,000 under-5s.
• Cash transfers to facilitate recovery to 10,000 women and cash-for-work programmes reaching 10,000 men.
• Psycho-social support to those affected by the consequences of the quake, including trauma and bereavement counselling, and conflict management, an area Concern in which Concern had been engaged with local partners for some time in Haiti.
• Primary education to 18,000 children.
• Targeted Food distribution to under 5s working with World Food Programme targeting 9,870 people.
• Camp management for 120,000 people.
See Concern’s Work in Action at: http://www.concern.net/blogs/haiti-earthquake-coverage