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)
Less than six months on Hurricane Sandy is all but forgotten, but the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia has not forgotten those hardest hit in Haiti. Today, ADRA announced their support for a project that will re-establish the agricultural livelihoods of more than 2,000 Haitians.
Extensive flooding, brought by Cyclone Sandy to the poorest country in the Americas last October, left up to 18,000 people homeless and destroyed hundreds of acres of farm land – most of which is owned by poor, subsistence farming families.
The Year in Review
We See Hope for Haiti
For Haitians, the year 2010 opened with an epic earthquake that reduced the city of Port-au-Prince to piles of broken rubble. The population was in shock—countless people were left with nowhere to live, nothing to eat, and nothing to drink.
Friday, August 12, 2011
SILVER SPRING, Md. - As part of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International's long-term commitment to the rebuilding process of Haiti, the Agency is constructing 100 one-room school buildings on the island. This USD$1 million project comes in response to a call made by Haiti's President, Michel Martelly, for improved access of education.
SILVER SPRING, Md. - On June 20th, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) will be joining millions of people around the world who recognize and remember the plight of millions of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), by pledging continued support on World Refugee Day.
World Food Day: Hunger and Malnutrition Top Health Risks
SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) commemorates World Food Day on October 16, 2010, recognizing the severe lack of access to food in many countries around the world.
SILVER SPRING, Md. -On Monday, March 8, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) began a second large-scale food distribution that will feed an estimated 300,000 people in Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
According to officials, ADRA will help feed an estimated 2,500 families a day by providing food baskets containing 119 pounds (54 kilograms) of rice, corn-soy blend, beans, vegetable oil, and salt.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti--"The children are traumatized. We want to help them go back to being the way they were before the earthquake," says Edna Francois, a staff member of the Post Trauma Program that the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) launched in a camp for displaced Haitians in Port-au-Prince.
In a less frequented corner of the 20,000-person camp, ADRA set-up a child friendly space to provide children a place to play and interact safely with each other.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti-There is no time like the night to be reminded that being an earthquake survivor in a camp for displaced Haitians is difficult.
"When you have darkness, it's sad," says Silvina Lizaire, 65, a woman who is staying in a makeshift shelter rigged with bed linens and tree branches in a camp in Carrefour, a residential area located in southwest Port-au-Prince.
Since Thursday, darkness has become less oppressive for thousands of families who began receiving some 3,000 solar powered lamp kits.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti-When a food ration is placed in the open hands of an earthquake survivor in Haiti, the aid has reached the end of a journey that most likely began inside a cluttered United Nations office near Port-au-Prince airport's only runway.
On this day, as UN staff, humanitarian workers, and international peacekeepers mingle in what has become a busy meeting point within the expansive UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) compound, Luiz Camargo, an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) emergency response team member who is overseeing food procurement in …
SILVER SPRING, Md. -Sixteen days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to provide life-saving medical assistance, treating 1,000 patients every day.
On Tuesday, January 26, ADRA and partner GlobalMedic installed an inflatable field hospital on the campus of the Haitian Adventist University in the neighborhood of Carrefour. The hospital, which measures 22 feet by 42 feet, will benefit more than 20,000 earthquake survivors living in a camp for displaced persons outside of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
SILVER SPRING, Md.- While aid has started to flow into areas of Port-au-Prince, tensions among survivors seeking food, water, and basic necessities continue to be a serious issue among displaced populations, reported the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
"It's been difficult finding food. People push you to get something to eat," said Michele, a young woman who is eight months pregnant and currently living in a camp for internally displaced persons in Carrefour, a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.
Feature article written by Michelle L. Oetman, Communications Coordinator for ADRA International currently on the ground in Haiti.
At first glance, they look like just four bikers flying by, then pulling to the roadside.
As their two motorbikes come to a stop, the pair on each bike quickly set down a large yellow box and erect a table between the two bikes. A small crowd hurriedly gathers around them.