AIR's Emergency Education Response in Haiti
The earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 drastically changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Haiti’s children. In addition to the tragic loss of lives and homes, and dangers to health, safety, and security, the earthquake caused a devastating impact on the country’s educational services, resources, and infrastructure.
Over 4,000 schools in Haiti were destroyed in the earthquake, which by some estimates is 90% of the education system. The country is in urgent need of emergency schools and the educational, recreational, health and nutrition services that will help children and communities to cope with their situation and return to normalcy as soon as possible.
AIR is actively supporting the emergency education response, continuing our nearly decade-long commitment to improved education in Haiti. In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Education and Professional Training (MENFP), AIR is striving to assemble 321 temporary classroom structures throughout the earthquake-affected areas of Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Petit Goâve and Nippes, as well as the indirectly affected areas of St. Marc, Gonvaïves, Cap Haïtien, and Les Cayes. In addition, AIR is providing support to schools that includes teaching and learning supplies, recreational equipment, and support to psychosocial training for teachers.