A girl stands in front of a broken chalkboard at a school in Pyechal, a mountainside village in the Department of Sud-Est, Haiti. She participated in a UNICEF-supported programme to promote local, sustainable solutions for improved sanitation to prevent the spread of diseases and illnesses, such as cholera and diarrhoea.
Haiti and its approximately 4.3 million children continue to recover from the 12 January 2010 earthquake. Progress has been substantial: a new national government is in place; about half of the mounds of rubble have been cleared; almost two thirds of those displaced by the quake have moved out of crowded camps; and the country’s health, education and other core services are being rebuilt on a stronger foundation. Still, the country remains a fragile and impoverished state, requiring international support. Working with multiple international and national partners, UNICEF continues to address the emergency needs of children, while focusing on building the Government’s capacity to uphold and sustain children’s rights.