A few days after Hurricane Matthew struck, the World Vision Partnership responded quickly by declaring a Category III – Global response slated to last up to one year, if not less. Within hours of the storm we started distributing relief supplies with some of our church and local government partners to people in the Port-au-Prince area whose homes had been lost or damaged. World Vision Haiti was already prepared to respond to this most recent humanitarian crisis via experienced leadership and local staff ready to act and respond.
By day three, we had moved pre-positioned supplies from our warehouses in other parts of the country to the South. Despite not having operations in that part of the country, this quick action allowed us to be one of the first agencies to start responding on a large scale. Now, five months later, World Vision has been able to provide support to more than 171,000 people and have distributed a total of 455,154 humanitarian servings to many of the most affected people.
This Phase 1 report, from October 2016 to February 2017, has been mainly focused on the pure emergency response phase, with distribution of food and non-food items, along with some WASH, CIE and shelter activities. Phase 2, slated to start in March 2017, and lasting until up to August 2017, will be more geared to early recovery and rehabilitation, focusing more on food and livelihood security, alongside WASH/Health/Nutrition, shelter and CIE.