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13 Feb 2013 description

Haiti's cash-strapped government has been criticized for both the size and location of new housing units, built to resolve the lack of post-earthquake permanent housing there.

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06 Feb 2013 description

Post-earthquake construction in Haiti must address the dichotomy of American efficiency versus Haitian tradition.

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01 Feb 2013 description

COOPCAB, a Haitian coffee co-op that now includes 5,000 members, markets its products internationally while investing money in local reforestation efforts.

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26 Jul 2012 description

Haiti's 2010 earthquake sent some 1.5 million Haitians to live in tent cities. A new radio series follows a family living in a camp, educating listeners on everything from health to housing services.

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03 Feb 2012 description

frican nations pledged five months ago to do more to help each other when famine and disaster strike. But so far, they haven't come up with the promised cash.

By Mike Pflanz, Correspondent / February 1, 2012


Five months ago, in a grand auditorium and beneath a cinema-sized screen scrolling images of starving children, Africa’s leaders gathered to promise an end to a growing food crisis.

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15 Jun 2011 description

A 'buy local' program for aid groups working in Haiti could be an engine of economic growth.

One week after the devastating quake that struck Haiti in January 2010, journalist Mark Danner wrote a New York Times op-ed that warned the outpouring of international sympathy and support, although remarkable, would buoy unrealistic expectations about the prospects for rebuilding "a new Haiti."

18 Mar 2011 description

Rental prices in Port-au-Prince are estimated at 5 to 10 times higher than before the Haiti earthquake, pricing out local civic organizations in favor of wealthier international NGOs.

By Bill Sasser, Correspondent / March 18, 2011

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Despite jitters over the expected return today of exiled former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide less than 48 hours before a presidential election here, many Haitians face a more basic problem: a housing bubble that is pricing many locals out of their homes.

Real estate prices, particularly rents, have skyrocketed in …

07 Mar 2011 description

Cori Wegener is trying to save Haiti's treasures in a kind of Doctors Without Borders effort to preserve its "soul."

By Gary G. Yerkey, / Correspondent / March 7, 2011

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Cori Wegener, an associate curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, talks of missions to rescue works of art and other "cultural property" in the wake of disasters as if they were warfare.

She speaks of SWAT teams and military missions and emergency situations. And she knows what she is talking about.


12 Jan 2011 description

Melanie Megevand brings women and their husbands together to talk openly about sexual abuse, which helps to relieve tensions at home.

By Ezra Fieser, Correspondent / January 12, 2011

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The women came first, gathering under a roofed plywood shack to learn basic skills that could help them get a job - to sew or speak English.

The meetings soon turned into a sort of group therapy, where they discussed the pressures of living in a squalid, crowded camp with 26,000 earthquake survivors.

But it wasn't until their husbands joined them that the daily …

11 Jan 2011 description

On the Haiti earthquake anniversary, reminders that many Haitians still go without access to basic services such as access to hospital care despite the influx of over $1 billion in aid.

By Alice Speri, Correspondent / January 11, 2011

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

For more than six weeks last fall, a brand new obstetrics hospital remained empty and closed, its Ikea furniture still wrapped in plastic, a reminder of how far Port-au-Prince had to go to recover from the Haiti earthquake.

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11 Jan 2011 description

On the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, global disaster relief is under the microscope. A $15-billion-a-year industry with 250,000 workers, the stakes are high - but from each tsunami, quake, hurricane, and drought, we learn what works and what doesn't.

For most of his adult life, Emmett Fitzgerald has hopped around the globe with not much more than a few suitcases of belongings and a big heart, landing in broken or violent or dysfunctional nations.

07 Dec 2010 description

With foreign governments and donors hesitant to send funds to President René Préval's administration, a Haiti election was necessary if the country wanted to tap into into billions of dollars in aid.

By Ezra Fieser, Correspondent / December 7, 2010

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

James Charles is unemployed, has no job prospects, and lives here in a tent camp. He is hardly the exception.

He and some 1.3 million others have lived in tents and slapdash shacks since the January earthquake destroyed their homes and businesses.

04 Nov 2010 description

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians lack access to clean water in Port-au-Prince, a situation expected to worsen after tropical storm Tomas makes landfall on Friday.

By Isabeau Doucet, Contributor / November 4, 2010

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Even without a hurricane, sanitation in Haiti's capital is poor, local water sources are contaminated, and the 4 kilometer road to the shantytown of Cite Soleil is knee deep with mud and raw sewage.

"It's always like this," says Lionel Elve, a university student while driving his moped along the road.

25 Oct 2010 description

The speedy official response to Haiti's cholera outbreak has been hailed as a relative success story, but 10 months after the earthquake Haitians are frustrated with a lack of relief.

By Stephen Kurczy

Haiti's cholera outbreak is "stabilizing," with the United Nations and Haitian government thus far preventing the disease from spreading to the capital's sprawling tent camps of 1.3 million people.

A speedy official response in containing the outbreak is seen as a relative success.

10 Sep 2010 description

Those displaced by the Haiti earthquake continue to live in overcrowded camps, well into a hurricane season that regularly brings heavy rains.

By Alice Speri, CorrespondentPort-au-Prince, Haiti

Almost eight months after a devastating earthquake killed up to 300,000 and left some 1.5 million Haitians homeless, recovery has been slow. Equipment to remove some of the 20 million cubic meters of rubble that for months have lined the capital's streets has finally arrived.

19 Aug 2010 description

Pakistan floods have displaced 4 million people, but aid to the country has been at a trickle compared to other catastrophes, such as the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake.

By Scott Baldauf, Staff writer, Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer / August 19, 2010

Johannesburg, South Africa; and Mexico City

By the third week of the Jan.

02 Jul 2010 description

By Alice Speri, Contributor / July 2, 2010

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Tens of thousands of Haitians risk becoming homeless for a second time, as weary landowners clear their properties of makeshift refugee camps in order to build new homes or sell their land on Haiti's booming real-estate market.

Of 1,241 refugee camps here, only 206 are officially recognized, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

10 May 2010 description

Large pest control businesses like Terminix and Orkin are part of an international relief effort to improve sanitation in Haiti refugee camps and stop the spread of potentially dangerous pests.

By Kathie Klarreich, Correspondent / May 10, 2010


The swarm around the garbage can in the tent camp of Corail Cesselesse, north of Haiti's capital, was not the usual composition of flies or mosquitoes. "Six different kinds of flies," said Terminix's Robert Young.


20 Apr 2010 description

Haiti relief efforts to relocate mostly homeless people away from flood-prone areas before the rainy season are in full swing, but confusion is hampering the process.

By Kathie Klarreich, Correspondent / April 20, 2010

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

As Haiti relief efforts focus on relocating citizens to higher, drier ground ahead of the rainy season, confusion about who's getting moved, where they're going, and how private land owners forced to leave will be compensated is running rampant.

Confusion varies from place to place, but in at least one area in the foothills above …

15 Apr 2010 description

A new Haiti relief effort will see a camp set up 12 miles outside Port-au-Prince to provide shelter for some 5,000 quake refugees before the upcoming rainy season. The Corail Cesselesse camp is the first major housing effort since the Jan. 12 earthquake.