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Daniel Wordsworth, ARC president, tours Camp Hope

When we arrived in Terraine d’Acra, we found 5,000 people who had gathered under bed sheets and whatever scraps of shelter they could find. Most had nothing. Trash was everywhere. A mass of people — injured and homeless. Desperate for food. For water. For someone to care. We got to work right away.

Now, 70 days later, the settlement in Port-au-Prince has grown to about 10,000 people. All residents have been registered and have received some form of shelter — a tarp, at least. We’ve built a medical clinic and a pharmacy staffed by two American doctors, four Haitian doctors, and 10 Haitian nurses.

They see about 150 patients each day. We’ve partnered with other NGOs to dig latrines and distribute food and water. Four child-friendly spaces are up and running, staffed mostly by local teachers and community workers. Hundreds of kids show up each day to sing, dance, and learn.

In Fond Parisien, near the Dominican Republic border, the settlement we manage is thriving. In partnership with Love a Child school and orphanage, we built “Camp Hope,” named for the attitude of its residents. The people at Camp Hope are patients from an adjacent medical clinic and their families. Many of them have had operations. All have injuries from the earthquake. And they needed a place to stay while they recovered. So we built Camp Hope for them. Now, the settlement is a temporary home for more than 800 people.

null Click the photos to the right for stories of earthquake survivors.

null Click on the timeline to see our detailed response. 

The need in Haiti is still absolutely immense. I’ve worked in emergencies all over the world, and I’ve never seen anything like it — not even the Tsunami compares. But what Terraine d’Acra and Camp Hope have shown us is it only takes a few people armed with know-how, compassion, and resources to change the course of people’s lives.

Daniel Wordsworth, President
American Refugee Committee

Medjine,
who was pregnant, was trapped alone for three days after her house collapsed on top of her. She was found by rescue workers and taken to a clinic...
True Stories
of Hope
ARC in Haiti: Timeline of events
Jan. 12 7.0-magnitude earthquake hits just outside Port-au-Prince. The capital city and surrounding towns are completely destroyed. 1 million people are left homeless. 50,000 are reported to have died.
Jan. 14 First ARC emergency response team members arrive in Port-au-Prince. They start planning our response, hiring local staff, and coordinating with the UN and other partners.
Jan. 17 ...(full timeline of events)