Dubai Cares CEO Tariq Al Gurg said the primary education sector in Haiti was seriously affected by the earthquake, with half of all primary and secondary schools completely destroyed or severely damaged. “In response, under the direction of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide educational assistance to 200,000 children in Haiti, Dubai Cares worked very closely with its on-ground partners, Unicef and CARE International, to identify the education sector’s needs, and develop and effectively deliver primary education programmes.”
Dubai Cares provided water, sanitation and hygiene in school facilities, promoted hygiene education and helped restore schools. “We are confident that the impact made by our rehabilitation, restoration, provision of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in schools’ facilities and hygiene promotion efforts will be for the long-term, inspire similar large-scale efforts and outlast generations to come,” Al Gurg said.
The hygiene programmes had helped 158,600 children, while 220 schools were given equipment. Dubai Cares’ work with CARE International had helped 82,134 children, through providing furniture for at least 100 schools, supplies to help a further 100 schools reopen and rebuilding water and sanitation facilities at other schools. CARE International Haiti director Jean-Michel Vigreux said: “Dubai Cares has been instrumental in allowing CARE Haiti to expand our reach to children who previously did not have access to quality education in Haiti.” He said other work including teacher training, child’s rights and environmental risk re-education had been undertaken with the support of Dubai Cares.
“Haiti still faces tough challenges in improving its access and quality education to children, however with the help of Dubai Cares and local government, we are moving forward to bring equal and equitable education for all.”
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