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)
The World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and their partners, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), UN-Habitat, and Habitat for Humanity International, joined forces in 2013 to analyze what was learned from the 2010 Haiti earthquake shelter response and housing recovery experience. This report is the outcome of that process.
Habitat continues to pursue new opportunities to help more Haitians in need of decent shelter
ATLANTA (Jan. 9, 2014) — Four years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Habitat for Humanity is focusing on long-term community development and capacity building. Habitat’s five-year disaster recovery program, aimed at helping more than 50,000 families or approximately 250,000 individuals in Port-au-Prince, Léogâne and Cabaret, was completed two years ahead of schedule.
Bangkok, 11th January 2013 – Three years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Habitat for Humanity’s five-year disaster recovery program has helped more than 50,000 families or approximately 250,000 individuals in Port-au-Prince, Léogâne and Cabaret.
LÉOGÂNE, Haiti (November 27, 2012) – Costa Rican volunteers are building permanent houses in Haiti, alongside ex-President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, during Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
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A quarterly publication from Habitat for Humanity International
The Forum explores issues related to housing and poverty and describes the work that Habitat for Humanity is doing around the world.
The Forum offers in-depth analysis of innovative programs that address the need for decent housing.
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This edition of the Forum examines how Habitat for Humanity and its partners have approached each phase of the disaster management cycle and highlights pre-disaster risk-reduction projects.
Op-ed signed by the Haiti NGO Coordination Committee, which includes ACTED, published on 11.01.2012 on Le Monde newspaper website.
Habitat for Humanity’s five-year recovery program on target to serve 50,000 families through emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions.
SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (January 6, 2012) – Two years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Habitat for Humanity’s five-year disaster recovery program has helped more than 40,000 families or approximately 200,000 individuals in Port-au-Prince, Léogâne and Cabaret.
ATLANTA (Nov. 3, 2011) – Delta Air Lines is flying two airplanes of Habitat for Humanity volunteers to Haiti for Habitat’s 28th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
President and Mrs. Carter will join hundreds of volunteers to build homes with earthquake-affected families in Léogâne, Haiti, which is 18 miles west of Port-au-Prince and considered to be the epicenter of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.
New York City (November 1, 2011)– Springs Global US, the home furnishings company with offices and factories worldwide, is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help create additional decent and affordable housing opportunities in partnership with low-income families. The partnership will include a range of cause marketing programs, in-kind product donations and employee engagement.
Habitat’s Santo community will provide a total of 500 houses along with vital community infrastructure and services for families left homeless by the earthquake
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (September 15, 2011) — Today, Habitat for Humanity joined with Haitian and U.S. government representatives, local community members, donors and partners to break ground on its permanent housing community in Léogâne, Haiti. Habitat’s Santo community is part of its five-year plan to serve 50,000 families impacted by the 2010 earthquake.
The annual build will raise awareness about the critical need for shelter after disasters and is the culmination of Habitat’s World Habitat Day observances
ATLANTA (Jan. 12, 2011) - Habitat for Humanity International has received its second grant of $500,000 from the African-American Baptist Mission Collaboration to support the homebuilding ministry's recovery program in Haiti.
USAID/OFDA-funded ECAP project helps build capacity in shelter and settlement response.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 11, 2011) The earthquake on Jan.
What we build: So much more than houses
Building and repairing homes has always been our identity. In fact, we are very grateful to all those who helped Habitat for Humanity serve almost 75,000 families worldwide last year-almost triple the number of five years ago. But the heart of Habitat is not bricks and sticks. It is the desire to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by reaching out to help those in need of a better place to live. When we ask, "What will you build?" there are so many answers, because we build so much more than houses.
Solving a complex crisis requires time, creativity
Natural disasters often happens in an instant and are measured in universal terms, but recovery is much more complicated to gauge or quantify. Real recovery can take years.
One year after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake in Haiti destroyed nearly 190,000 homes and left more than 1.5 million survivors homeless or displaced, visible progress has been painfully slow.
But recovery is not a destination; it is a path.
Even before the earthquake, Haiti was one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
ATLANTA (Dec. 28, 2010) - Since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, Habitat for Humanity has made steady progress toward its goal to serve 50,000 Haitian families over the next five years.
As part of its strategy to provide families with pathways to permanent housing, the organization has constructed more than 1,000 recyclable transitional shelters or upgradeable shelters and expects to have constructed 2,000 by the end of January. Transitional shelters are constructed so they can be dismantled easily and relocated.
Building on a previous collaboration with the American Red Cross in Haiti, Habitat for Humanity Haiti recently began constructing 2,000 new transitional shelters (t-shelters) in Léogâne. This project is also generously supported by ArcelorMittal.
The community was one of the hardest hit by the January earthquake, and Hurricane Tomas flooded the remains of the town, forcing families who had already lost their homes in one disaster to flee another.
ATLANTA (Oct. 26, 2010) Habitat for Humanity International today announced Sandvik Mining and Construction has pledged more than $500,000 in funding and heavy equipment gifts in kind to support Habitat's affordable housing work in the United States and earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti.
"Our involvement with Habitat for Humanity is an important component of our community outreach and support efforts," said Peter Larsen, vice president of Marketing for Sandvik Mining and Construction, Region USA and Canada. "Communities support our commercial needs in many ways.
Six months after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake destroyed nearly 190,000 homes and left more than 1.5 million survivors in need of shelter, the need in Haiti is great and undeniable. Haitian hearts still mourn for family, friends, homes and jobs lost on Jan. 12.
The scale of cleanup and rubble removal remains daunting.