By Avellon Williams
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — The United Nations says it has opened a service to help displaced residents and physically challenged individuals find more secure living arrangements.
In a news release, the UN agency announced that it is now offering relocation services to more than 10,000 people living in areas plagued by violence. Around 5,200 women and girls and 550 people with disabilities qualify for the support.
“Forcibly displaced people, such as those who are victims of natural disasters or gang violence, need support so they can be relocated to a safe place where they can live in dignity and security,” said International Organisation Migration (IOM) Project Officer Claire Gaulin.
The IOM offers a variety of services to help the disabled to earn a living and access health specialists. Additionally, some disabled people were given crutches, wheelchairs, dignity kits, a telephone helpline, and assistance organizing important documents, according to the release.
Among those involved in the project are Haiti’s General Directorate for Civil Protection, The National Housing and Public Building Construction Unit, Fondation J’Aime Haiti, and the Office of the Secretary of State for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.