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ITNAC heads to Haiti for C2K12

Sunday, January 15, 2012
Gillian Awai, marketing officer at Vitas House Hospice, left, presents the quilt to the winner Hendriana Sirzoo.

Two years after the devastating earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, about 1.5 million people were displaced to 1,300 settlements throughout the capital, Port-au-Prince area. The government of Haiti estimated at least 300,000 people died. Most of Port-au-Prince was reduced to rubble. The United Nations characterised it as “the largest urban disaster in modern history”. Prior to the epic tragedy, Haiti was regarded as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Local missionary Avonelle Hector-Joseph, Founder of Is There Not A Cause (ITNAC), noted housing remains one of the major challenges affecting Haiti’s reconstruction/rebuilding exercise.

Interviewed on Friday, Hector-Joseph said: “Haitians are making some progress. They have removed 30 per cent of the rubble. Housing remains one of the major challenges. The government is moving forward with their plans to provide free education. We are hoping more agencies would come on board to minimise their administrative costs and increase the amount that gets down to the people.” She added: “We want to increase our individual child sponsorship programmes. We want to meet with the gentleman (Roosevelt Augustin) we’ve been liaising with to chart the way forward. The work is going on. The projects still have to go on. We have to hand out donations of food, and clothing to and improve the physical structure of one of the children’s homes.”

Hector-Joseph was also celebrating the birth of her baby Aiyti and being named First Up Personality of the Year. She said: “It was an honour to come up against some notable people like the late Pat Bishop, Allyson Hennessey, Ayoung Chee and Dwayne Bravo. It is nice for organisations to recognise what people like myself do. There are quite a number of NGOs like myself doing a great job. They can get more funding. More funding means the ability to impact on more jobs.”


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