Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent of the population living under $2 a day. On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck its capital of Port-au-Prince, devastating the whole country. This natural catastrophe affected over 3 million people, took 230,000 lives, left more than 1.3 million people displaced and destroyed over 250,000 buildings. Immediately following the earthquake, Relief International entered Haiti to provide rapid humanitarian response that evolved into a basic primary health and water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Relief International also responds to the needs of displaced families by providing transitional shelter, rubble removal and training in disaster risk reduction.
Relief International-Haiti is implementing a child protection program to establish 16 child-friendly spaces in multiple communities, IDP camps and women's centers to provide services to earthquake-affected women and girls. Relief International's goals are now shifting to longer-term needs in the areas of livelihoods, education, child protection and women's empowerment.
Haiti - Past Programs
- Haiti: Multi-Sectoral Assistance to Earthquake-Affected Populations
- Haiti: Emergency and Transitional Shelter