Reconstruction assistance after the earthquake
and protection of street children
Unrest and violence, political instability and natural disasters punctuate the recent and past history of Haiti, the Caribbean country with the worst economic and social indicators in Latin America and the entire Western Hemisphere. Still today, many areas of the country - and even the capital Port-au-Prince - are still affected by widespread violence and a prevailing situation of illegality that prevents the functioning of basic public assistance services for over 800,000 people in conditions of great vulnerability. Naturally, the earthquake aggravated this situation and also highlighted the country's overall organisational fragility.