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Deliver "Dignity and Action" Kits to Haiti's Adolescent Girls

Deliver "Dignity and Action" Kits to Haiti's Adolescent Girls

World Pulse
November, 2010

While the global outpouring of help and funds for Haiti’s earthquake survivors has been historic—one in of five Americans apparently responded—adolescent girls have been overlooked in relief efforts.

Pre-earthquake, 42% of girls in urban areas aged 10-14 years old lived without parents. These numbers have increased since January, leaving girls as young as 10 to provide for their younger siblings. A rising number of rapes and unplanned pregnancies among adolescent girls underscore the dangerous conditions they face in Haiti’s tent cities. One study by INURED, a local Haitian research organization, found that it’s common for girls living in relief camps to resort to trading sex for food and shelter.