Head Office: Port-au-Prince
Where ARC Works in Haiti: In camps and settlements in Port-au-Prince and Fond Parisien: Camp Hope, Corail Camp, Old Military Camp and Terrain Acra
People We Serve: More than 77,000 survivors of the January 2010 Earthquake
In January 2010, people around the world witnessed a crisis unfold before their eyes. A massive earthquake struck Haiti, bringing widespread death, destruction and despair. Many lost everything. To make matters worse, countless people didn’t even have adequate food or clean water, let alone sturdy roofs over their heads. Stories of heartache flooded the media, and people across the globe were inspired to help make a difference.
Through a variety of programs that meet short-term needs and plan for the future, the displaced people of Haiti are taking back control of their lives and working hard to create better futures for themselves and their children. Not only are they receiving essentials, they are actively participating in the rebuilding process.
A cash-for-work program is helping with the rebuilding effort by paying a daily wage to people to remove debris, dig latrines and drainage ditches, and improve and maintain the camps where they live. In addition, wage earners will build sturdy shelters that can withstand natural disasters, while gaining a sense of empowerment as they provide for their families.
Recovery and rebuilding in Haiti is a long-term proposition. Experts estimate that it will take 3-5 years to remove all of the rubble and debris that the earthquake created. In order to heal, Haitians will need the support of people and organizations from around the world for years to come.
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