- The CERF approved two project proposals worth just over US$ 3.5 million for rapid restoration of safe education services, protection assistance to most vulnerable evicted from temporary shelters and support to an estimated 30,000 people in areas of return.
- The three-month USD 139 million Flash Appeal to respond to the most urgent post Hurricane Matthew humanitarian needs remains underfunded by USD 52.5 million (or 37.8% of the funding requirements).
- As of 22 December, WFP’s general food distributions reached 886,000 and 218,500 people in two phases. The collection of data for the new Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) has been finalized and preliminary findings will be released next week.
- According to IOM registration data, some 3 per cent of families living in temporary shelters have received offers from strangers to take care of their children, raising concerns of trafficking risks.
13,000 Children received specialized nutritious food
62,000 Children received routine vaccinations
118,000 Children receive safe water on recurring basis
113,000 Estimated number of children reached with food assistance since the hurricane
On 19 and 20 December, the Secretariat of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) approved two project proposals for CERF Rapid Response grants worth just over US$ 3.5 million. The proposals focus on the rapid restoration of safe education services, the provision of protection assistance to the most vulnerable people evicted from public schools where they had temporarily sought refuge and lifesaving shelter and basic assistance in areas of return.
The UNICEF led education project will be implemented in the municipalities of Les Cayes, Port Salut, and Jeremie among others where schools used as temporary shelters are being vacated and will provide the minimum required conditions for the resumption of teaching and learning activities. The project will target approximately 16,000 children between age six and 18, who have been excluded from school as a result of damages sustained following the Hurricane. They will benefit from protection assistance and receive school kits while schools will be cleaned, refurbished and basic WASH facilities rehabilitated. This represents a portion of the children.
The IOM led Shelter project will aim to deliver vulnerability-based basic assistance and shelter support to those being forcibly evicted from temporary shelters, as well as the most vulnerable people in zones of return. The intervention targets some 15,000 people facing the most acute and urgent needs following school evictions. Households will be targeted with assistance if they have been evicted from a temporary shelter; the household contains a pregnant woman; the household contains a person living with a disability and more than five children under 16 years of age. NGOs will distribute a light shelter kit and a multipurpose cash grant. In parallel, durable shelter kits (wood, corrugated iron, straps and nails) will be distributed to the 1,000 worst-affected families along with build back better training during the third month of the project.
The National Police of Haiti (PNH) has indicated that armed escorts for humanitarian organizations will be interrupted from 24 December till 2 January included in Jeremie and 5 January in Les Cayes. Some humanitarian distribution activities are likely to slow down during the period as this interruption will impact MINUSTAH armed escorts from UNPOL and FPU, which can only operate in conjunction with the PNH.
The post-Hurricane Matthew Needs Assessment Report, carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR), confirmed that seed stocks have been totally devastated in several departments, undermining the availability of seed for the winter crop season. An estimated 7,900 metric tons of cereals, 18,000 metric tons of vegetables, 29,200 metric tons of roots and tubers and 61,000 metric tons of bananas have been totally destroyed.