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Haiti earthquake

On 12 January 2010 an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck near the capital of Haiti, Port au Prince.

A literacy class in Sierra Leone

The resulting destruction was devastating:

  • More than 220,000 people were killed and 300,000 were injured

  • 1.5 million people lost their homes

  • the total value of damage and losses was estimated at more than 120% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009.

Appeal launched

January 2010

Amount raised

More than €16/£14 million (UK and Ireland combined)

What we achieved

  • Funds were spent strategically over several years, with the overall goal to support the reconstruction of Haiti and demonstrably ‘build back better.’

  • We supported the most vulnerable households affected, working through local partners on food security, economic recovery, psychological and social support, emergency shelter and health.

  • In total, we reached 185,484 through the emergency response.

  • We later worked to make communities more resilient to future hazards.

  • Over time, the humanitarian work merged with our long-term programme work in Haiti.


Our work and challenges in Haiti today

While there has been some progress in education, infrastructure and agriculture, millions of people - around 75% of the population - still live in poverty.

Environmental degradation, particularly of the soil, is very worrying and a major risk to people’s livelihoods.

Furthermore, elections in Haiti have been delayed for the last three years, creating waves of strikes and disruption that have affected our ability to work in the field.

The political situation could undermine the progress achieved during the last five years.

Discover more details and highlights of our work in the country.

Listen now

Country Manager Prospery Raymond talks about the achievements since and spells out the challenges facing Haiti today. 


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