Safeguarding Dignity of Haiti Earthquake Victims

Humanitarians are turning to standards set by the Sphere Project to safeguard the dignity of Haiti’s earthquake victims. The Sphere Project is a handbook created from the collaboration of hundreds on Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, and academics.

Currently a team of quality and accountability experts are in Haiti to monitor the adherence to the Sphere standards by all agencies that provides water, food, shelter, and sanitation facilities.

Nicholas Brooks, NGO coordinator of Oxfam-Great Britain said,

“The overall success of the humanitarian community in ensuring attainment of Sphere should never be judged simply by reference to [generic] quantitative indicators. For example, we measure our WASH [water, sanitation, hygiene] achievements not only through records of liters of water supplied to camps and number of latrines, but also through water use surveys and sanitation monitoring, which  homes to access alternative water supplies and more familiar toilet facilities.”

A maximum of 20 people use each toilet and plans of gradually improving are underway.

2 Responses to “Safeguarding Dignity of Haiti Earthquake Victims”

    • Unbelievable and heart breaking. To survive a hard life due to poverty, only to endure humiliation in what is suppose to be “golden years” is heart breaking. Pets are shown more humanity than this.

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