Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 Jan 2010 affected almost 3.5 million people, including the entire population of 2.8 million people living in the capital, Port-au- Prince. The Government of Haiti estimates that the earthquake killed 222,570 and injured another 300,572 people. Displacement peaked at close to 2.3 million people, including 302,000 children. At least 188,383 houses were badly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake. Sixty per cent of Government and administrative buildings, 80 per cent of schools in Port-au-Prince and 60 per cent of schools in the South and West Departments were destroyed or damaged. Total earthquake-related loss is estimated at $7.8 billion, equivalent to more than 120 per cent of Haiti’s 2009 gross domestic product. (UN General Assembly, 2 Sep 2011)
According to the Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti 2014 an estimated 172,000 people remained internally displaced in Haiti in 306 camps at the end of 2013, almost four years after the earthquake. Basic services in camps, including WASH and health, had declined faster than the pace of return or relocation of the displaced. 16,377 displaced families living in 52 camps were considered at high risk of forced evictions. Almost 80,000 people lived in 67 camps considered to be at particularly high risk of flooding, with an additional 30 camps at additional environmental risks.
By mid-2014, an estimated 104,000 people remained internally displaced in 172 camps. Almost 70,000 IDPs were not currently targeted by any return or relocation programs. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2014) By Sep, 85,432 people remained internally displaced in 123 camps. (IOM, 8 Oct 2014)
When a cholera outbreak swept across Haiti and claimed thousands of lives, the need for health education and basic water and sanitation infrastructure became starker than ever.
To date, the disease has taken the lives of more than 7,700 people across the country and the World Health Organisation estimates there could be 120,000 new cases this year.
With support from Tearfund partners, we reached 120,000 adults and children in three provinces, raising awareness of the disease and providing water purification products.
We all know the importance of water. Getting it is simple; the rain falls, the reservoirs fill up. The water is piped to a treatment plant to make it clean, and then we open the tap in our homes and there it is.
Not so for 48-year-old Claudette Aristil and her eight children. Claudette lives in Gros Morne high in the mountains of Haiti. She has no tap, nor reservoir, nor treatment plant.
Getting Haiti’s children back to school quickly was a key part of Tearfund’s post-quake response.
So we built 118 disaster-resistant transitional classrooms at 40 schools, supplied furniture and provided 32,000 school bags for returning children.
Permanent schools were put up too, built to higher standards so they were more able to withstand future earthquakes.
As a single mum, Rosite had it tough in Haiti before the earthquake but the disaster made matters far worse.
Her home was flattened by the tremors and within minutes Rosite and her three children were left homeless in the isolated mountain community of Barriere Jeudi, a couple of hours from the earthquake’s epicentre.
The search for shelter and security became Rosite’s top priority and meant she had to give up selling cooked food, her main source of income.
There’s a jar outside Rosemène Pierre’s no-frills home in Haiti that’s helping to save her life.
As jars go it’s big, storing up to 156 gallons of water which can be used for washing, cleaning and, once treated, safe drinking.
The jar is part of a rainwater harvesting system Rosemène has received from Tearfund and means she now has a reliable and regular source of water. The system collects water from Rosemène’s rooftop and pipes it down into the jar where she can access it.
Hundreds of Haitian women affected by the 2010 earthquake are building their own thriving businesses with support from Tearfund.
Marie Carmelle Larose and Louis Soinie are two examples of those who have benefited from a Tearfund small business grant as well as marketing and small business management training.
Based in the remote mountain community of Duclos, they have developed a successful chicken-rearing business, which was started shortly after the quake.
1 June 2011
More than a year after Haiti’s major earthquake killed more than 200,000 people, Haiti’s children will show the UK how their lives have changed, with the help of Tearfund.
The earthquake of January 2010, which measured seven on the Richter scale, lasted for 40 seconds and left more than 200,000 people dead and 1.5 million homeless.
Op-ed signed by the Haiti NGO Coordination Committee, which includes ACTED, published on 11.01.2012 on Le Monde newspaper website.
Two years on from the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti many communities see recovery in sight and a level of normality returning, according to Tearfund. The Christian relief and development agency says this is down to the sheer resilience of Haitians and the accelerated effort of humanitarian agencies working together with communities.
Using DEC funds our member agencies have provided assistance to over 1.8million earthquake survivors in Haiti.
It has been nearly a year since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people and devastating the nation's capital.
As Haiti commemorates the dead, international attention is focused on the slow pace of reconstruction, with an estimated 1.3 million still forced to live in tents nearly a year after the disaster.
The chief obstacle preventing more homes being built is the immense difficulty in proving land ownership, explains a report jointly commissioned by Christian Aid, Progressio, Tearfund and CAFOD.
"Most people were living in …
Helping children cope with the aftermath of the disaster has been an important part of Tearfund’s work.
More than 70 children’s clubs are educating them about good hygiene, a vital consideration in a post-quake environment where water and sanitation infrastructure is badly damaged and the risk of disease is high, as the recent cholera outbreak has shown.
The clubs are teaching children about healthy everyday practices, such as hand washing, and offer a safe but fun environment for learning.
Hurricane Tomas has not caused as much devastation in Haiti as had been feared, but damage has still been done. And flooding caused by the hurricane increases the fear of a cholera epidemic in a country still reeling from January's earthquake.
The hurricane skirted the country on Friday 5 November, killing at least eight people and flooding coastal towns.
Tearfund's Laura Nairn says, "Although the hurricane didn't have the devastating effect that had been predicted, the rural communities that Tearfund work with have been affected and are reporting flooded fields, …
Tearfund staff in Haiti are working closely with the Haitian Government, UN and other aid agencies to help people prepare for a severe tropical storm which could hit land in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Forecasters are warning that the country is in the path of Tropical Storm Tomas, which could bring strong winds, heavy rains and the potential for severe damage to buildings.
With more than one million people still living in tents after January's earthquake, the consequences of the storm could be dire.
Along with fellow aid agencies, Tearfund is preparing to distribute food …
Tearfund Haiti Earthquake Response 2010 - Executive Summary
This is a report of a Real Time Evaluation of the response by Tearfund UK (in partnership with Tearfund NL) to the Haiti Earthquake which took place on January 12 2010. As a result of the earthquake, an estimated 250,000 people were killed, 300,000 were injured, and 1.3 million people were displaced.
More than 27,000 families in Haiti have received help from Tearfund partners in the aftermath of the January earthquake.
Generous support for Tearfund's emergency appeal enabled an immediate response to the disaster which claimed more than 200,000 lives and left a million people homeless.
Backed by Tearfund and other donors, five partners have supplied a total of 28,000 emergency food rations, 18,000 tarpaulins for temporary shelter and some 10,000 hygiene kits.
Water systems have been provided to three camps for the homeless, while wells have been dug in half a dozen …
1 March 2010
UK Christian relief agency Tearfund has extended its emergency response to the rural and remote areas of Léogâne and Gressier. The areas, which are close to the epicentre of the earthquake, include a coastal mountainous region with areas - until a week ago - unreached by relief agencies.
Medical staff with a Tearfund partner in Haiti are working around the clock treating hundreds of people with earthquake-related injuries.
The King's Hospital, run by World Relief, is one of the few places offering treatment in the capital Port-au-Prince after escaping the tremors with just a few cracks to the walls.
It's been operating since last Tuesday's quake killed between 50,000 and 200,000 people. The disaster prompted Tearfund to launch an emergency appeal alongside that of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
Tearfund is today dispatching emergency aid funds to help survivors of the earthquake that has shattered impoverished Haiti.
Hundreds of people are missing feared dead after a quake measuring seven on the Richter Scale struck the Caribbean island yesterday.
Many buildings have been destroyed or badly damaged in the capital Port-au-Prince, including the presidential palace and the five-storey UN offices.
As darkness fell last night, fear of after-shocks led many people to spend the evening sleeping out in the open.
Jean-Claude Cerin, Tearfund's Country Representative for …