Extreme food insecurity that existed in Haiti before January 2010 was exacerbated when families lost their homes and livelihoods in the earthquake. Faced with increasing food prices, insufficient incomes, and the loss of cropland, many found themselves regularly missing meals. Children suffered from hunger-related conditions including malnutrition and anemia.
In the first months of emergency response, World Vision provided food rations including rice, beans, oil, corn-soy blend (CSB), and salt to more than 229,700 households. As families settled in displacement camps, World Vision also established food-for-work programs that enabled individuals to earn food by helping maintain the cleanliness of the camps.
Currently, World Vision is operating a school feeding program through which approximately 70,900 children in more than 450 schools receive regular meals consisting of rice, pulses, oil, and high-energy biscuits. An additional 49,200 children benefit from nutritious meals distributed at 180 feeding centers across three communes.
In addition to responding to immediate needs by providing emergency food to prevent hunger and malnutrition, World Vision is also equipping families to create a sustainable future. Through cash-for-work and cash-for-training programs, small loans, and business trainings, individuals are learning skills that will enable them to earn money for their families while helping their communities rebuild. Nearly 19,000 people have benefited from these job-creation initiatives, which will continue over the long term as we help Haiti rebuild.