Our Impact in 2011
Rebuilding in Haiti
Some say Haitians all became the same age after the earthquake. Families lost homes. Parents lost jobs. Children lost siblings. Entire communities were forced to start over, with virtually nothing but the pure will to survive.
Nearly two years later, change is evident. Rubble has been removed. Small shelters are replacing tents. Children are back in school. Business is starting to pick up.
We’ve worked with thousands of families, ensuring they have access to the essentials of life like health care and clean water. Now people are moving out of the camps and returning to their neighborhoods.
We’ve also been providing shelter for families who lost their homes. About 500 Haitian workers were employed under our shelter program, acting as leaders for their community. With their help, we’ve been able to move 2,000 families into transitional shelters, small sturdy homes designed to last for several years.
When Marie Elizabeth Daphnies, an earthquake survivor, found out her family would receive a transitional shelter, she couldn’t wait to move.
“Before when I was living under the tent, anyone could get in and rob what we possessed food and money,” Marie Elizabeth explained. “But right now, there’s more security. If we want to go somewhere, we just lock the door and come back without thinking someone is coming to rob us.”
Marie Elizabeth hopes that people will continue to support Haiti because the needs are immense.
“I hope you keep doing what you’re doing because you’re not helping one person; you’re helping a country,” she emphasized.
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