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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Today, as the world marks the 5th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 that killed hundreds of thousands and caused mass devastation, we take note of the incredible journey we’ve taken with the Haitian people.
In January, Convoy of Hope’s new 36,000-square-foot warehouse just outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti was dedicated.
“This warehouse is a symbol of hope and provision for the people of Haiti,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “It will also allow us to continue expanding our children’s feeding initiatives in Haiti and in the Caribbean.”
On a warm day in Haiti, 18-month-old Aliana dances in the courtyard of her orphanage, tossing her doll in the air as if she’s putting on a show. She swings back and forth, swaying to the music being sung by other children.
“She’s so happy and thriving,” says Julie Joseph, founder of Redeemer’s House Orphanage. “We are so thankful she’s healthy because her life could have turned out very differently.”
A few miles outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, about a dozen Haitian workers are securing large sections of insulation and sheet metal against thick steel beams as they work to complete Convoy of Hope’s new 36,000 square-foot warehouse.
David Edson, Caribbean regional coordinator for Convoy of Hope, leads a small group of supporters from the U.S. on a tour as the men work. “We’re going to be able to hold up to six million meals at a time in here,” he says. “That means we’ll be able to feed more children here in Haiti in the near future.”
The Jonas Brothers' Change For the Children Foundation recently awarded a $70,000 grant to Convoy of Hope for its global children's feeding initiatives.
"Like us, the Jonas Brothers want to fight hunger by making sure impoverished children have nutritious food to eat each day," says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. "We are very thankful for their generosity and for linking arms with us."
Each school day Convoy of Hope feeds nearly 35,000 children a nutritious meal in impoverished countries such as Haiti where the organization has expanded its …
Springfield, Mo.-- Since last year's earthquake in Haiti a groundswell of individuals, businesses, churches and organizations have partnered with Convoy of Hope to help Haitians. Recently, a church and a leading shoe manufacturer donated items for distribution in Haiti.
"Our friends and partners continue to amaze us with their generosity," says Jeff Nene, public relations officer for Convoy of Hope.
After a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti and left 1 million people homeless, students in the United States wanted to help. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and school children around the nation partnered with Convoy of Hope to assemble and deliver nearly 50,000 hygiene kits for families in Haiti.
In the months since the earthquake, the kits have been distributed at schools, medical clinics, and mobile distribution sites throughout the country.
The number of schoolchildren being fed throughout the world each day by Convoy of Hope jumped to more than 50,000 after the organization increased the number of children being fed in Haiti from some 13,000 to more than 40,000.
"The work we were able to do in the months after last January's earthquake has allowed us to expand our bandwidth in Haiti," says Jeff Nene, senior director - communications and technology. "When the Haitian school year starts next week we'll be adding more than 27,000 children to our feeding program.
More than six months have passed since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed upwards of a quarter million people and left 1 million homeless. In the days after the earthquake, Haiti - which is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere - was deluged with help from around the world. Among the first to provide emergency relief was Convoy of Hope, which was already in country.
"For more than three years we had been feeding thousands of schoolchildren and their families each day in Haiti," says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope.
Springfield, Mo. -- The Kellogg Foundation recently granted $377,927 to Convoy of Hope to help the organization with its relief and recovery work in Haiti following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake earlier this year.
"Since the earthquake struck we have distributed more than 8.5 million meals," says Jeff Nene, senior director -- communications and technology for Convoy of Hope.
Springfield, Mo. -- Since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in early January, Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 7 million meals in and around Port-au-Prince.
"The meals we've provided have helped hundreds of thousands of people focus on recovery and rebuilding their lives by freeing up time that would otherwise be spent looking for food," says Jim Batten, executive vice president of Convoy of Hope.
Convoy of Hope continues to get meals where they are needed most in Haiti. The humanitarian-aid organization has distributed more than 3 million meals to people in need.
"Convoy of Hope's involvement in the relief effort is possible because of the countless people who have stepped up and supported our efforts there," says Jeff Nene, senior director of communications and technology.
Springfield, Mo. -- In the two weeks since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, Convoy of Hope -- a humanitarian relief organization based in Springfield, Mo., -- has distributed 1.6 million meals to hungry people in Haiti.
"The reason we were able to get food to so many people so fast was because we were already feeding thousands of children each day throughout Haiti," says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope.
As children and adults exit the gates at at Quisqueya Chapel-Convoy of Hope's main food distribution point in Port-au-Prince-joy and adulation seem to erupt within them in the form of wide smiles.
"Merci, merci," says one boy as he runs down a rutted road holding two bags of Feed My Starving Children food-which Convoy of Hope distributes-over his head. "Merci."
In only one week Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 294,296 meals and installed 30 water purification units.
Aid group distributes over 100,000 meals in one day
Hundreds of desperate Haitians are in line waiting for food at Quisqueya Chapel - Convoy of Hope's main distribution point in Port-au-Prince. Yesterday, the Convoy of Hope team distributed 100,000 meals here and at five other distribution points.
Food supplies are running low in Haiti and show no signs of improving anytime soon.
The following is the fourth of many field reports that will be sent from our Haiti field reporter Kirk Noonan.
Water is scarce in Port-au-Prince. So much so, that if relief groups advertised they had clean water to distribute they would, according to officials here, be overrun.
In the wake of Haiti's 7.0 earthquake, Convoy of Hope relief teams are on the ground in Port-au-Prince distributing food, water, medicine and more. Water purification units are also being implemented.
When the earthquake hit, Convoy's country director was in Port-au-Prince. And because Convoy's warehouse was fully stocked, the team was able to begin responding immediately with 50,000 meals.
One load of relief supplies is being airlifted shortly and another truckload of food and medicine just arrived from the Dominican Republic.
Untold numbers of people have died. Tens of thousands have been injured or left homeless. Tuesday's 7.0 earthquake in Haiti decimated the country.
"I heard screams for help from everywhere," said Kevin Rose, Convoy of Hope's country director for Haiti, describing the hours after the earthquake hit. "I am seeing many dead and injured people. The need is beyond description."
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On Tuesday night dozens of injured people made it to the medical clinic at the mission where Convoy of Hope has its warehouse.
A 7.0 earthquake struck the country of Haiti, leveling buildings, cutting off communications and leaving the world wondering about the state of this poor country. Witnesses said buildings were destroyed and many people injured. The lack of communications is hindering the ability to determine the full extent of damage and destruction.
Convoy of Hope is responding.