Haiti: Rebuilding what has been broken

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook Haiti and shaped a generation. While its duration was brief, the devastation it caused continues to affect the people of this small country -- the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Three years later, Haiti is still in repair, but not without hope.

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The Haiti quake was nothing short of catastrophic: 1 in 3 people were affected. Nearly a quarter of a million lives were claimed in the disaster. Another 300,000 people were injured, and 1.5 million were left homeless.

In short, it was an unprecedented disaster, so World Vision answered with an unprecedented response. As time has gone on, the response has transitioned from emergency relief to long-term development.

Here are some of the ways that World Vision has been serving children and families in Haiti:

>> Helped more than 2.5 million people receive emergency food in the initial phase of the response

>>Provided emergency shelter for more than 40,000 families and long-lasting transitional shelters for over 14,600 people

>>Transitioned 2,748 households -- close to 11,000 people -- out of World Vision- managed camps and offered education, livelihood support, and life skills and business training to help families rebuild their lives

Children enjoy an afternoon of games, songs, and lessons at a child friendly space in Port-au-Prince. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

>> Cared for 7,700 children in 30 camp-based play and educational centers

>> Reunited over 1,000 children with their families

>> Equipped 14 hospitals with life-saving supplies, enabling them to treat 412,500 cases of injury and illness

>> Operated a dozen mobile and static health clinics, treating 109,000 patients

>> Reached more than 300,000 people with cholera treatment and prevention efforts (98 percent of all cholera cases were treated successfully)

Children are taught to wash their hands to prevent the spread of cholera at a Child-Friendly Space in Port-au-Prince. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

>> Provided drinking water to 56 camps and communities and worked with 68 water point committees to ensure community ownership of local water supplies

>> Ensured that 90,000 people had access to mobile latrines and 132,000 people had a hygienic place to shower

>> Gave nearly 600,000 people essential household supplies, such as tarps, blankets, mosquito nets and flashlights

>> Provided 2,700 people with business development training and access to start-up funding for new business venture

>> Helped boost school attendance among surveyed households from 80 percent to 90 percent over the lifetime of the response

Stefan Pleisnitzer, World Vision's regional leader for Latin America and the Caribbean, sums up the progress that has been made in three years:

"There is hope in Haiti. You can see it in classrooms, where more children are returning to school every day. You can hear it in their voices, as they share their hopes and aspirations for the future. Haiti’s children are starting to dream again, and that should give all of us hope as we face the challenges ahead."

Help bring life-saving food and care to children and families in Haiti. Haiti has long suffered the ravages of hunger. Living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, life is a constant struggle for the children of Haiti. But you can help. Thanks to government grants, your gift will multiply three times in impact to help provide life-saving food, agricultural support, healthcare, and other necessities for hungry children and families in Haiti.


    I praise God that how He instruments WVUSA to brought changes in the Lives of children and brings hope for future in Haiti. Great Work.


    Thank you for your prayers, we could not do what we do without God's help!

    Lindsey, WV Blog Manager

    I am so happy to know how and what are the transformations happened in Haiti through World Vision for the past 3 years after the devastating earthquake. I hope that this gradual transformation will leads Haiti into a better place to live for Haitians and other people. I always believed that problems are everywhere and it can be happened and seen every day. But as long as we are concerned to our surroundings and have the kind heart to help other people, we can make mother earth to become a better place for all of us. I am so proud and thankful that God has given me the chance to sponsor a Haitian child under World Vision USA.

    I wish all the best to our Haitian Friends and organisations. LIFE IN ALL IT’S FULLNESS.

    Hi Cristina,

    Thank you so much for sponsoring a child in Haiti. It's support from donors like you that allow us to continue to serve the people of Haiti :)


    Lindsey, WV Blog Manager

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