Japan Provides USD 900,000 to Support IOM’s Earthquake Response Efforts in Haiti

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has allocated USD 900,000 through an Emergency Grant Aid to support the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s earthquake response efforts in Haiti.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on 14 August has led to the death of 2,248 people and injury of an additional 12,763. A total of 53,815 buildings were destroyed and 83,770 were damaged, affecting over 800,000 people.

This new financial contribution will allow IOM to continue its life-saving assistance through the distribution of emergency shelter and non-food items to 19,000 people affected by the earthquake, who are living in the three departments most affected: South, Grand’Anse and Nippes.

Through the initiative, IOM aims to provide critical Shelter and NFI assistance to 3,800 vulnerable families who have either partially or completely lost their homes. IOM will distribute shelter fixing kits and tarpaulins, while tents will also be provided to key health facilities which were damaged, allowing them to thus continue offering life-saving medical assistance.

“IOM is extremely grateful to the Government of Japan for this generous contribution which will enable us to continue assisting vulnerable families affected by the devastating earthquake,” said IOM’s Chief of Mission in Haiti, Giuseppe Loprete. “This support will also reinforce rehabilitation efforts, essential in a context where disaster preparedness and response mechanisms are often challenged.”

Additionally, the project will focus on shelter rehabilitation, including structural assessments and the rehabilitation of key infrastructures, incorporating Build Back Safer (BBS) activities. BBS follows a set of principles used for building structures to improve their ability to better withstand hazards, which also involves working closely with the local population.

The rehabilitation process will follow an agreed technical and needs-based criteria, drafted with relevant Haitian public institutions and through consultations with the community, giving special consideration to the specific needs of women.

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IOM, USAID to Provide 6,000 Scholarships for Young Salvadorans

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19 / 11 / 2021

Zacatecoluca - More than 6,000 young Salvadorans will benefit from scholarships covering tuition and monthly fees, transportation subsidies, school supplies, support for skills development, job training, and formal employment possibilities through the Educational Opportunity Scholarships project launched last Wednesday November 17.

These incentives for young people to continue their studies will be channeled through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology within its Gradual Educational Model for Technical and Technological Learning (MEGATEC) framework.

The program's coverage is nationwide. The academic offer includes technological management of cultural heritage, global logistics, electronics, computer engineering technician, computer hardware, tourism management and development, food technician, construction engineering technician, and others.

"Together with IOM, the U.S. Government, through USAID, will provide full scholarships and stipends for transportation and food for thousands of young people to successfully complete their studies at the Megatec centers in Zacatecoluca, Santa Ana, Ilobasco, Sonsonate, Chalatenango, and Morazán. They will obtain the skills and knowledge that will allow them to aspire to better jobs," said Jean Manes, Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador.

With a total investment of USD 20 million, the implementation of this initiative is projected for the next four years. It seeks to strengthen strategies for sustainable reintegration of returned migrants, prevent risks associated with irregular migration and generate prosperity and hope in the lives of Salvadoran youth through equitable access to higher education options.

"Through education, I have learned to question the issues I am passionate about and to look for solutions," said Samuel Castaneda, a high school student and potential beneficiary of the program.

A study conducted by the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) in 6 municipalities of San Salvador and published in October 2021 revealed that over 50% of the surveyed population considering to leave their country in the next 12 months reports the search for better opportunities as their primary motivation to migrate.

"This scholarship program is an invaluable opportunity to demonstrate that investing in human development is the best response to prevent irregular migration and the risks inherent to it. Enhancing the skills and competencies of young people, increasing their self-esteem, and providing them with professional tools will allow them to make reasoned decisions in line with their life projects," said Nicola Graviano, IOM Chief of Mission in El Salvador.

The Educational Opportunity Scholarships project was presented las Wednesday November 17 in an event chaired by the Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in El Salvador, Jean Manes; the Chief of Mission of the IOM in El Salvador, Nicola Graviano; the Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), David Gosney; the Director of Planning of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, José Mauricio Pineda, and the rector of ITCA-FEPADE, Elsy Escolar Santodomingo.

For more information please contact José Miguel Gómez at IOM El Salvador, Email: miggomez@iom.int, Tel: +503 7600 1784.