Progress is made in helping Haiti recover from 2010 earthquake

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Men and women clean the rubble and the streets of the Carrefour Feuille area of Port-au-Prince

Efforts to help Haiti recover from the earthquake that struck the Caribbean country on 12 January 2010 are have positive results although there is still a lot of work to do.

That's according to Kathy Calvin, the Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation who spoke to reporters on Wednesday on the eve of the third anniversary of the earthquake.

The disaster took the lives of more than 300,000 people and left over one million people homeless.

Kathy Calvin says the United Nations and the United States have been working side by side with the Haitian community and government to rebuild the country.

"Eighty per cent of the debris generated by the earthquake has already been removed by the government and the people of Haiti and partners like the UN. Housing solutions have been provided to more than 158,000 earthquake-affected families. Nearly three million children under age ten have been vaccinated against polio, measles and rubella, thanks to the government, the UN and a coalition of partners. More than 470,000 temporary jobs have been created since the earthquake, and I might add, 40 per cent are occupied by women and nearly 200 schools have been completed with water and sanitation facilities in the earthquake-affected areas." (Duration: 35")

Ms. Calvin says the United Nations has been on the scene in Haiti since long before the earthquake and continues to address the needs of the people and help them transform their country.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

Duration: 1'17"

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