Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Please help us to continue our work in Haiti's tent camp communities.

Sophia Remy and Clifford the Big Red Dog talk to the children at
in tent encampment "Camp Marassa" following a storybook about his adventures.
Photo by Stevenson Jean Paul (September 2012)
Li, Li, Li! is in great need of funding to meet our ongoing expenses of salaries, transportation costs, translations, shipping, seminars, teacher training, production of manuals, etc. We recently sent more than 1,000 children's books, and dozens of puppets, to Haiti for our reading sessions and to create tiny libraries in tent camps and community centers. (We are not in need of books right now.)
In January 2013 it will be three years since the earthquake yet a humanitarian crisis continues
  • Approx 375,000 people remain among 575 internal displacement camps (tarp and tent camps)
  • This week former President Carter while in Haiti said shame on the international community for not coming through with their pledged donations to Haiti
  • Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti with 3 days of heavy rains compounding damages from Hurricane Isaac in August 2012. Sandy caused  massive flooding, landslides, widespread damage to agriculture, loss of livestock, loss of bridges and roads, significant erosion, and a death rate of at approximately 60, the rise in Cholera, 27,000 homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands left hungry from loss of produce and subsequent rise in price of food.
  • Cholera. According to Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health following Hurricane Sandy there were 3,593 new confirmed cases of cholera and another 837 suspected cases. This brings the total cumulative number of reported cholera cases since October 2010 to 618,383 with 7,721 reported deaths. Haiti currently has the most cases of ongoing cholera in the world and in fact its number of cases surpasses the rate of all other countries combined. There was no cholera in Haiti before October 2010.
  • With continued lack of funding to enable sufficient numbers of cholera treatment centers, adequate sanitation, a water system infrastructure, Haiti is expected to continue to be plagued with cholera cases and more fatalities due to weather conditions that include heavy rains, flooding, mudslides, unsanitary conditions and the continuing numbers of persons still living in internal displacement camps or forced into unsafe housing. Families living in the tent camps are especially vulnerable.
  • At least half of Haiti's children cannot attend school.