Office of the Spokesperson
January 8, 2015
Five years after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, Haiti has transitioned to a period of long-term development. Much more remains to be done, and Haiti’s reconstruction will continue for many years. With other partner governments and NGOs from around the world, the United States continues to stand with the people of Haiti. Since 2010, U.S. post-earthquake assistance to Haiti has helped to measurably improve key economic and social indicators and build infrastructure necessary for self-sustaining growth. Effective governance and strong democratic institutions in Haiti, including scheduling overdue elections, are critical to ensure that progress made is sustained and expanded.
The following highlights key achievements to date of the $4 billion in U.S. post-earthquake assistance provided to Haiti since 2010, of which 77 percent—or $3.1 billion—has been disbursed as of October 2014. As we look forward to continued growth and prosperity in Haiti, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to supporting Haitians over the long term as they work to realize stability, democracy, and improved economic opportunity for all.
Key achievements to date of U.S. assistance to Haiti:
- SHELTER: 328,000+ earthquake-displaced Haitians housed by providing transitional shelters, repairs to damaged homes, support to host families, and rental vouchers.
- RUBBLE REMOVAL: 2.7 million cubic meters of earthquake rubble removed—36 percent of the estimated 7.4 million cubic meters of total rubble removed.
- INFRASTRUCTURE: Supported the reconstruction of Haiti’s University Hospital and other damaged health facilities. Seven police stations and the presidential security unit barracks constructed.
- HEALTH: Nearly half of all Haitians have access to basic health services at U.S.- supported health facilities. Provided $95 million for cholera treatment and prevention, including clean water and sanitation activities.
- FOOD SECURITY: 400,000 vulnerable Haitians fed following tropical storms and drought conditions in 2013.
- AGRICULTURE: 70,000+ farmers helped to increase their crop yields and incomes. 33,000 hectares of farmland under improved watershed management.
- ENERGY: Five electrical substations in Port-au-Prince rehabilitated and upgraded. A 10-megawatt power plant constructed to serve the Caracol Industrial Park and 8,600 local households and businesses in Haiti’s north.
- ENVIRONMENT: 65,000 businesses and households helped to convert cook stoves from charcoal to clean liquefied natural gas. Five million tree seedlings planted.
- JOB CREATION: 5,000 jobs created to date at the Caracol Industrial Park, with more projected as facilities expand.
- EDUCATION: 600+ semi-permanent furnished classrooms constructed enabling 60,000+ children to return to school.
- JUSTICE AND SECURITY: 3,300 new Haitian National Police (HNP) officers trained and commissioned. Created a new HNP community policing unit, which has grown to over 80 officers, in partnership with the New York City Police Department and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Trained and equipped the HNP counter-narcotics unit (BLTS), increasing its size from about 40 to almost 200 officers and adding a 20-dog K-9 unit with support from the Miami-Dade Police Department. Reconstructed 32,000+ judicial case files following earthquake loss or damage.