Child sponsorship will out - Williem's Story

Many children suffered during the Haitian earthquake of 12 January 2010 and today many still suffer the psychological harm of this traumatic event while others are living with the physical scars. Williem (7), was asleep when the quake hit. He quickly arose to find his world turned upside down.


Prior to the Haitian earthquake in 2010, access to quality education was already a major challenge in Haiti, nonetheless Plan’s work, funded primarily through sponsorship donations, has helped over 31,000 children return to school by providing school kits, re-building classrooms, training teachers and supplying equipment for schools.

Camp Corail is one of the largest postearthquake resettlement camps in Haiti and is home to approximately 10,000 people. The services at the health centre are not limited to those that live at the camp but are free and available to anyone in the area.

Following the 2010 earthquake that devastated Croix-des-Bouquets, Plan has worked with local health partners to provide essential health services to displaced people, especially children under 5, pregnant and lactating women, adolescents and vulnerable people. We have also provided necessary drugs, medical equipment and training for health workers in Camp Corail, one of the largest resettlement camps.

Plan has established and trained health brigades of community volunteers to deliver cholera prevention and treatment programmes. They refer infected people to local treatment units for rapid dehydration, disinfect homes and latrines of infected people and organise awareness-raising activities. Plan was one of the first international non-governmental organisations to have plans for semi-permanent schools approved by the Ministry of Education. Thanks to these efforts, 257 classrooms have been constructed in Jacmel and Croix-des-Bouquets. These schools are earthquake and hurricane resistant and designed to last up to 15 years.

Plan brought in the services of Clowns Without Borders. Founded in Spain in 1993 and now with branches in several countries, Clowns Without Borders aim to offer humour as a means of psychological support. Having worked with Plan in many disaster zones, Clowns Without Borders offer something unique – relief, escapism and give children the space and time to dream again. The Clowns form part of Plan vital attempts to provide psychological and social support to deal with emotional trauma and to try to help children regain a sense of normality.