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Haiti earthquake: four years on

January 2014

As Christian Aid’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal programme comes to an end in March this year, we look back over the work that has been achieved over the last four years.

On 12 January 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale devastated Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince.

1.5 million people were made homeless and over 600,000 people left their homes in the city to go and stay in rural areas with family and friends.

How you helped

Christian Aid supporters and donors responded with incredible generosity and, in total, over £14 million was raised for the programme, helping the most poor and vulnerable Haitians to get back on their feet.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake we focused on people’s most urgent needs - such as food, water and shelter.

Within six months our emphasis shifted towards long-term recovery and rebuilding work, mainly focused in the rural areas outside Port-au-Prince where hundreds of thousands fled to restart their lives.

Our response

Working with 14 partners, Christian Aid has been able to reach over 185,000 people in our response. We’ve supported a wide range of projects including: 

  • Distributing 237,115 hot meals and 10,060 hygiene kits in the aftermath of the earthquake. 2459 households also received emergency shelter and 5,645 households received cash so that they could prioritise and meet their most urgent needs.

  • Building 511 new permanent houses in affected communities. As part of this programme, masons have been trained in earthquake and hurricane resistant construction techniques so that the houses are built to be safer and to last longer.

  • Training 35,155 people in disaster risk reduction to better prepare them for future emergencies including storms, hurricanes and floods (as well as earthquakes). Communities have developed emergency plans, drills have been carried out in schools and equipment such as megaphones and torches have been provided to Disaster Committees.

  • Supporting 32,710 people to help rebuild their livelihoods. Some of this support has been agricultural – providing people living in rural areas with livestock (cows, goats and chickens) as well as seeds, tools and training. Others have received cash grants and business training to help them re-start trading.

  • Improving access to clean water for over 7,000 people thanks to the distribution of water filters, water purification tablets and the building of water points.

  • Planting 248,000 trees helping to reverse the trend of deforestation which contributes to soil erosion and degrades soil quality. This means crops are more likely to be swept away in floods or landslides and yields are lower – a real problem in a country where there’s still a high level of food insecurity.

We’ve also been involved in advocacy work, supporting Haitian civil society to influence policy makers regarding decisions about the country’s future and on issues including housing and land rights, tax and corruption and human rights.

Latest podcast

Christian Aid’s Emergency Programme Office for Haiti, Nicki Morgan, reflects on the changes she has seen over the last four years, and the varied work that Christian Aid partners have been doing.

Thank you

Without the support of the individuals and churches who gave so generously to the Haiti earthquake emergency appeal, this work would not have happened.

Christian Aid will continue to work in Haiti, standing alongside poor and marginalised communities, helping them to lift themselves out of poverty.

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