Natural disasters can fill the headlines for a few weeks – but the impacts on people affected can last a lifetime. In 2010 Haiti was rocked by one of the worst earthquakes in modern times. In one of the poorest countries in the world, it exacerbated an already desperate situation.
Years later, there is still much rebuilding to be done. Today you can give a lifeline to young people who’ve lost jobs, homes and loved ones.
Young people like Tamara, 24, face huge barriers in becoming independent and earning enough to support themselves and their families.
“My father passed away and my mother lives in Port au Prince. I currently live with my aunt. I went to school up to 3rd grade then had to drop out as we didn’t have enough funds to pay for school expenses.”
The lack of skills and widespread unemployment means more than two thirds of people do not have formal jobs. Young people make up more than half the population, with around 25 per cent out of work. The future looked bleak for Tamara.
But with your help, thousands can take the vital step to recovery. Just £25 could provide the tools a young person needs to find employment and work for themselves.
Training centres across the country have become hubs of hope in earthquake-ravaged communities . Young people are learning the skills to start their own businesses, gain skills, find jobs, and increase their resilience to disasters.
I decided to enrol in agriculture training, as I’ve loved gardens and fields since I was a child,” Tamara said.
“The course has taught me how to prepare land, take measurements, plant seeds, and prepare compost.
“Thanks to the life skill classes, I’ve also learnt to read and write, which I couldn’t do before. It’s helped my communication skills.Tamara
Tamara was also chosen to be trained in disaster risk reduction – vital in a country hit by numerous natural disasters. Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful storms to reach the Caribbean in almost a decade, struck with winds of 145 miles an hour only last October. Now young people are taking the lead to make their communities safer.
“I’ve learnt about disasters and how to prevent them. For example, for a cyclone – how to cover your house, stock medicine, food, keep listening to the radio for alerts from the authorities.”
Tamara now looks to the future with new enthusiasm and hope.
“After the training, I want to find work so that I can help my family. I’d like to grow and sell peppers, chilli and other crops. Later on, I’d like to start my own business.”
She is just one of many young people who have eagerly grasped the opportunity. You can create many more opportunities by donating today.