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)
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The beginning of the holy month of Ramadan has already brought with it a great blessing for some 407 needy families in Haiti.
These families were each given a one-month supply of food by Life for Relief and Development as part of Life’s global Ramadan Campaign. The Campaign seeks to provide food, water, and other essentials to society’s least fortunate individuals, who suffer day in and day out from their economic, social, and personal difficulties.
Ever since last January's devastating earthquake in Haiti, Life for Relief and Development has worked diligently to help survivors through its Haiti Relief Campaign.
Thanks to its donors and partners, Life has distributed nearly $3 million in emergency aid and reconstruction assistance across the country.
One of Life's biggest accomplishments has been the renovation of five mosques in and around the capital of Port au Prince.
Life staff worked closely with the Haitian-Muslim community in order to assess their specific needs and create a plan that would not restore their …
Throughout the summer, Life for Relief and Development has been gearing up for its annual Ramadan campaign.