Haitian authorities to host international donor conference to combat earthquake impact

The international donor conference will be held by the Government of Haiti and its partners, which includes the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH)

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Haitian authorities to host international donor conference to combat earthquake impact

The international donor conference will be held by the Haitian authorities and its partners, which includes the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Union on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, to finance the reconstruction and recovery of southern Haiti, heavily damaged by the earthquake of 7.2, as per the reports of the Caribbean news network.

The donor conference is aimed to receive southern Haiti from the effects of the earthquake, which have halted the life of the people on August 14, 2021. The conference would aid the government in bearing the loss of the country and also discuss various strategies for the upliftment of the country.

On August 14, 2021, an earthquake of 7.2 magnitudes hit Haiti’s southwestern part, which destroyed more than 1000 schools in the most affected departments of Sud, Grand’Anse and Nippes, and three days later, battered by heavy showers caused by Tropical Depression Grace, affecting 800,000 people, including 340,000 children. As per the official data, over 2,200 people have died, some 115,000 homes, 97 health facilities and 1,250 schools were destroyed or damaged.

However, the schools have not been built by the authorities after six months of the devastating earthquake, as per the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) statement.

While emphasising the work done by the Haitian government, UNICEF asserted, “Post-six months of the earthquake, reconstruction is most definitely underway. However, hundreds of schools are still in ruins. Without schools, children have suffered a lot and bear the loss of their studies. Reconstructing educational infrastructure and providing students and teachers with learning materials is urgent and fundamental if we want children to recover a sense of normalcy in their lives.”

As per the statement released by Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Haiti, “This is very important that children can get back to school, but it is not only a moral imperative. The most significant thing is the health and mental health, nutrition and general well-being of children.”