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GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake

by GlobalGiving's Disaster Recovery Network
GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake
Photo by International Disaster Volunteers
Photo by International Disaster Volunteers

It has been nearly seven years since the deadly earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. The biggest earthquake in 250 years, it displaced more than three million people and killed hundreds of thousands. This unprecedented quake and its 52 aftershocks destroyed countless homes and commercial buildings, leaving Haitian residents without shelter, food, or proper medical care. Within ten days, government officials called off the search for survivors, and emergency aid began to dissipate despite the massive need for continued help.

Fortunately, we had nonprofit partners already on the ground, and with their feedback we were able to quickly respond to community needs and support them throughout the long recovery process.

With your generous donations, mobile clinics were established to provide underserved communities with comprehensive rehabilitative care, immunization, and disease prevention services. A new state-of-the-art medical laboratory was built by Partners in Health to treat patients with more sophisticated technology—including a pathology lab that enabled surgeons to biopsy and diagnose cancer patients. In the weeks and months that followed the traumatic earthquake, there was a high increase in depression and anxiety among Haitian residents. PIH responded by focusing more on mental health services and training 60 workers to provide support to those suffering from PTSD.

A medical education program was developed to train nurses and physicians on emergency medical services and cholera treatments. And hands-on support was provided to parents to help them treat their malnourished children, all thanks to hard work of International Medical Corps.

To promote Haiti’s long-term recovery, sustainable agriculture practices, technical training, access to affordable lines of credit, and goat breeding projects were established by Lambi Fund of Haiti to help rebuild the land of 2,600 farmers. Over 70% of the families in Haiti depend on a small plot of land to provide food and to earn income. Lambi grew 18,000 trees to assist those families who lost their plants and trees during the storm, which made them significantly more vulnerable to the natural elements.

Over the past seven years, you’ve given close to $1 million to support these relief efforts along with more than 7,000 donors from all over the world. Your donations have made a tremendous impact on the lives of Haitian earthquake survivors. On behalf of our nonprofit partners, thank you so much for your generous support of their amazing work on the ground in Haiti.

The work in Haiti isn’t done yet. Ranked amongst the poorest countries in the world, Haiti has a history of being prone to earthquakes and was hit by both Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, and most recently, Hurricane Irma in September. The recovery and rebuilding in Haiti is far from over, and local organizations still need continued support.

We will now be closing this fund, but if you would like to continue giving to support local organizations in Haiti, our Hurricane Irma Relief Fund is also providing resources and services to natural disaster-affected communities.

Photo by International Medical Corps
Photo by International Medical Corps
Photo by Lambi Fund of Haiti
Photo by Lambi Fund of Haiti
Photo by Partners in Health
Photo by Partners in Health
Photo by International Medical Corps
Photo by International Medical Corps
Photo Credit: PIH
Photo Credit: PIH

Almost seven years the devastating earthquake that took more than 200,000 lives, the people of Haiti are forced to relive their trauma every day. While much progress has been made, major setbacks have also occurred most notably, the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew in early October of 2016. And while many of the projects you’ve supported through the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake have been fully funded and have provided immeasurable aid to Haiti, a few projects have adapted to new needs surfacing in their communities and continue to seek support.

‘Grit’ might be the best term to describe the character of the Executive Director of the Lambi Fund of Haiti, Marie Marthe Saint Cyr, and her determined staff, whose project, Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti, continues raising funds to this day. In light of Hurricane Matthew, Marthe Saint Cyr says, “Long term rebuilding efforts were just redefined. Every small step from the last five years after the earthquake was lost in the south and northwest of the country.  As discouraging as it may appear over 9 million persons must build again and with resistance, resilience and courage, face the next harvest and the next season of rain.” The Lambi Fund and its partners have supported local Haitian farmers in getting back to their fields, helping to provide vital food relief for a country in crisis. Such local produce will help relieve the country’s and the people’s financial burden of having to import food.

Since 2010, International Medical Corps has been working to build a more resilient, sustainable Haiti. Improving hygiene, disease prevention, and housing options have all been goals of International Medical Corps. ‘Yuri Chakalall, the organization’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Advisor, explains, “By focusing on resilience in Haitian communities, we are focusing on what they can do for themselves. We strengthen their ability to respond during the next disaster according to their capacity, rather than concentrate on their vulnerability.” Their project, Provide medical care to Haiti, “employed local workers to build floodwalls that protect the villages when nearby canals and rivers break their banks, using cobblestones and crushed rocks to shore up the river banks and planting trees to help prevent erosion.”

Partners in Health (PIH) has focused its efforts on responding to medical issues caused by the contamination of water sources in Haiti since the earthquake. Funds donated to the PIH project

Partners In Health Haiti Earthquake Recovery have gone towards fighting “cholera, bringing urgent care to Haiti's destitute countryside, vaccinating and educating communities, and building clean water infrastructure to prevent future spread of the disease."

Thank you again for funding this hugely important work! Your support to the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake continues to make a difference in lives of so many in Haiti!

Photo Credit: IMC
Photo Credit: IMC
Photo Credit: IMC
Photo Credit: IMC
Photo by International Medical Corps
Photo by International Medical Corps

Shortly before 5pm on January 12th, 2010, Haiti experienced a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that would alter the country’s infrastructure for years to come. The quake tore through the southwestern area of the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince, leaving over 230,000 people dead and 1.5 million survivors displaced. Buildings collapsed, including hospitals and government buildings, people were trapped under concrete blocks, and houses were left in shambles. The devastation forced hundreds of thousands to move into cramped quarters or sleep in the street. The aftermath was deemed a horrific event.

Six and a half years later, Haiti is not where it used to be but there’s still significant improvements to make. The GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake served as a vital resource for providing funds to projects on the ground in an immediate response to the aftermath. Close to 15,000 of you have raised almost $1 million to support GlobalGiving partner organizations working in Haiti.Partners In Health, Lambi Fund of Haiti, and International Medical Corps are the remaining organizations committed to long-term improvements in Haiti and with your generous donations, they have been able to make great strides!

Following the earthquake, Partners In Health quickly mobilized staff, doctors, and medical personnel to provide immediate emergency care to disaster victims. Over six years later, they continue to display their commitment to strengthening the healthcare infrastructure in Haiti. They have successfully established four clinics in Port-au-Prince and 12 clinics in the rural areas. Haiti is reported to have the highest rates of TB in the Western Hemisphere. Right now PIH’s project, Partners In Health Haiti Earthquake Recovery, is taking swift measures to lowering the Tuberculosis rates (TB) by providing treatment and education to patients.

Since May, Lambi Fund of Haiti has partnered with a number of organizations to develop a long-term strategy to construct water cisterns for rural areas. Specifically, Plan Consult, a firm of engineers who specializes in cistern construction. This partnership was established over the years and it allows for local people to have an active participation in the collection of material, mixing mortar, and building the walls of the cisterns. Prior to the cistern project, water was a very limited resource in rural areas of northwest Haiti. Some Haitians would walk miles a day to retrieve water. Now, young children are able to attend school throughout the day because they no longer have to spend hours fetching water.

 Lastly, International Medical Corps has been working in Haiti since the occurrence of the 2010 earthquake. Initially, they responded to emergency medical needs and later provided assistance to the cholera outbreak. Today, they shifting their focus to the Zika virus outbreak. There have been five Zika outbreaks since early 2016. IMC’s project, Provide medical care to Haiti, supplied 30 well-trained nurses to educate pregnant women to increase Zika awareness and prevention during prenatal visits, with a special focus on women in their first trimester.

Here at GlobalGiving, we can’t thank you enough! Your donations have made a tremendous impact on the lives of Haitian earthquake survivors. However, the work isn’t done yet. We urge you to continue supporting the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake and these local projects, so they can continue providing vital resources to help make Haiti a prosperous country. Again, thank you for your help!

photo by Partners in Health
photo by Partners in Health
Photo by Lambi Fund of Haiti
Photo by Lambi Fund of Haiti
Photo by CHF
Photo by CHF
Photo credit: Partners in Health
Photo credit: Partners in Health

More than six years after the catastrophic earthquake shook Haiti, our nonprofit partners are still responding. Partners in Health, Lambi Fund of Haiti, and International Medical Corps continue to provide medical care, training, and rebuilding efforts for locals as the country continues to struggle with cholera outbreaks and climate change on the already devastated country.

 

International Medical Corps reported that there were 33 cases of cholera in Haiti within just the first two days of 2016. Cholera continues to be an issue, since sanitation in the area is still suffering. Luckily, International Medical Corps has released Mobile Medical Units to treat those with cholera within 24-48 hours. They have also been able to train health workers on how to prevent and treat the disease within their communities. With their continued efforts, International Medical Corps seeks to reduce the number of cholera cases from the 50,000 found last year.

 

Partners in Health also continues to respond to health needs in Haiti but with a focus on mental health. The trauma experienced following the earthquake and in the wake of continued medical outbreaks has increased the depression and anxiety already found in the communities. PIH has now trained over 60 workers on how to provide support for those with PTSD in part because of support from you.

 

Since January, Lambi Fund of Haiti has been working with four organizations in the area to prepare 180,000 new plants for planting in an effort to increase the low levels of crop yields that have resulted from both the earthquake and the drought. Increased food security could also reduce the stress on those dealing with depression and those dependent on farming for their livelihood.

 

These three organizations are able to continue to provide support as a direct result of your continued donations. Please consider donating again to reduce cholera, increase health support, and increase food production for Haitians impacted by this quake.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Lambi Fund for Haiti
Photo Courtesy of Lambi Fund for Haiti

When a 7.0 earthquake shook Haiti on January 12, 2010 it was apparent that the recovery process would be an extensive one. The number of affected individuals was unimaginable. Initial estimates calculated death tolls to be anywhere between 230,000 and 316,000, and it was determined that about 300,000 people were injured and over 1.5 million individuals were displaced following the disaster. Those numbers have not been easy to recover from, even more than five years later.

GlobalGiving responded by creating our Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake, which served to get much needed dollars to projects on the ground in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and aftershocks. As of today, 3 projects are still active and contributing to the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Because of support from donors like you, GlobalGiving’s Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake has received over 14,800 donations since 2010, resulting in $926,841 for projects on the ground. In the 5 years since the earthquake struck, relief work is still being done to aid those still without permanent homes or livelihoods, and GlobalGiving’s project leaders continue to work tirelessly to support those recovery efforts.

One of those projects is the Lambi Fund of Haiti’s Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti which supports sustainable agriculture in rural Haiti by providing resources to build up local food production. The project also facilitates locally managed credit funds that are accessible to community members. Already, the Lambi Fund has worked with 14 rural farming organizations to work towards these goals. Having evolved from providing emergency food supplies in 2010, the project now strives to boost commerce in an effort to combat unemployment and create self-sustainable communities.

Partners In Health (PIH) first dove into relief efforts in Haiti by providing medical care in the areas of Central Plateau, Artibonite Department and Port-au-Prince in coordination with the Haiti’s Ministry of Health through their Partners In Health Haiti Earthquake Recovery project. At first, PIH set up 4 clinics in Port-au-Prince and 12 clinics and hospitals in rural Haiti and in the years since the earthquake struck, Partners in Health have provided long-term healthcare. In 2013 PIH even established the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, a national teaching hospital in Mirebalais dedicated to providing quality care for patients and training for future health professionals.

International Medical Corps also continues to support recovery efforts in Haiti through their project Provide Medical Care to Haiti, which currently operates in northern departments of the country. In the wake of the earthquake, International Medical Corps provided medical care and was an essential part of the fight against subsequent outbreaks of cholera. In their most recent report, International Medical Corps detailed their approach to cholera case management and the launch of their new program that provides cervical cancer screenings. Thus far, the project has trained 22 doctors and nurses in conducting screenings and has since begun servicing the community by conducting health workshops for local women.

Haiti is still working to overcome the damage done by the 2010 earthquake. With your support, the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake and these local projects can continue to service communities with the vital resources and services that they need to recover and thrive. Thank you for your support!

Photo Courtesy of Partners In Health
Photo Courtesy of Partners In Health
Photo Courtesy of International Medical Corps
Photo Courtesy of International Medical Corps

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