Australia was among the first to respond to Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake, providing $26.7 million to help address early recovery and reconstruction needs. Australia continues to support Haiti by improving water and sanitation facilities, providing seeds for farmers, facilitating international coordination on reconstruction, and providing support for Haiti’s health system.
Australia helped support the recovery by funding 24 physically safe areas for children to learn and play in. They were created under Plan International Haiti’s $400,000 Australian contribution to the post-earthquake program.
The program aims to create a safe environment to support the emotional and development needs of the children in the town of Jacmel and the surrounding areas of Le Vallee and Cayes-Jacmel in South Haiti.
Haiti is classified as a Least Development Country and a Small Island Developing State (SIDS). Other SIDS in the Caribbean are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Reference: Children in Haiti thank AusAID