12 January 2015

FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HAITI EARTHQUAKE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2014

For more information, please contact: 
Stephanie Rendon, 202.470.5182, Washington, DC, srendon@sos-usa.org 
Anthony Mills, +43 676 660 6703, Haiti, anthony.mills@sos-kd.org

FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HAITI EARTHQUAKE
 

SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES INAUGURATES NEW VILLAGE TO SUPPORT
ORPHANED CHILDREN IN LES CAYES, HAITI
 

 


Les Cayes, Haiti – SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest organization providing care for orphaned and abandoned children, today inaugurated a new village in Les Cayes, a city in the south of Haiti. This village opening comes five years after the devastating earthquake killed over 230,000 people and displaced more than 1.5 million. Representatives of donor organizations, governments, and partner NGOs attended the inauguration. Amongst the attendees was Oliver Thomas Jünger, the First Assistant of the German Ambassador to Haiti, who represented both his government and the governments of different donors.

The village will provide stable homes and loving care for children who were left without parental care as a result of the earthquake.

“These children lost their parents and were living in unspeakable conditions. Many of them were living on the streets with no access to food or medical care. We worked with the community and the Government of Haiti to provide these children with the care needed to survive this traumatic experience,” said Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA. “Our new SOS Village is a testament to our organization’s commitment to Haiti and its most vulnerable children. Five years after this devastating earthquake, we must continue to remember that these children are the country’s future and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them.”

Immediately after the earthquake, 400 unaccompanied children arrived at SOS Children’s Villages in Santo, Haiti, a province near the capital Port-au-Prince. SOS Children’s Villages worked to reunite the children with their parents, and over 100 of those children were found to have been orphaned – each of whom found new homes at SOS Children’s Villages. Over 30 children were able to be given homes in villages located in Santo and Cap-Haïtien. For the remaining children, SOS provided temporary housing until the construction of the new village in Les Cayes was complete.
 
The village is part of SOS Children’s Villages’ Emergency Program for Haiti, launched after the earthquake, which comprises a series of construction, reconstruction and renovation projects. Click here to see a full update on milestones.
 
Construction of the new village began at the end of December 2012, and the ‘laying-of-the-first-stone’ ceremony was held on March 11, 2013.  Since September 2014, seven families who had been renting homes have moved into houses in the village.  An additional seven families will move into houses in the village by the end of year.
 
The village will include an administration area, a house for the SOS Aunts, and another for visitors. Situated on a large plot of land covering almost 26,000 m2, the village provides children a fun, safe environment for recreational activities.
 
It was made possible thanks to funds from various donors, and the support of SOS Children’s Villages member associations from Sweden, Germany, Norway, France, Austria, USA, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
 
To speak to Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages - USA, please contact Stephanie Rendon at 202.470.5182 or srendon@sos-usa.org. Interview opportunities with SOS staff based in Haiti are also available upon request.

About SOS Children’s Villages
SOS Children's Villages is the largest non-governmental organization focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk. The organization was founded in 1949 and today runs more than 2,300 programs reaching more than a million children and adults in 134 countries and territories, including the U.S. More information on SOS Children's Villages can be found at www.SOS-USA.org. Follow us on Twitter at @SOSChildrenUSA.