by Anne Edgerton
ChildFund Disaster Management Team Leader
Last week I was privileged to join others for a meeting with Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of People with Disability within the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Secretary Michel Pean recapped the impact of the earthquake on those with disabilities.
“Very quickly all establishments taking care of the disabled were destroyed,” he said. “Staff died, and new people became handicapped. In addition, hundreds of thousands were displaced, without homes, in need of services, and this is a serious difficulty for the handicapped and elderly, as they have no access to this humanitarian assistance.”
ChildFund is establishing 10 Child Centered Spaces with our local partner. Our priorities are to find the former students and reach out to all children affected by the earthquake and subsequent displacement from their homes.
To support ChildFund’s efforts in Haiti, click here. Contributions made no later than Feb. 28, 2010, can be deducted from 2009 tax returns.