Port-au-Prince Earthquake Relief & Rebuilding

$355 $14,645
Raised Remaining


Help us to organize and provide practical and thorough aid to a tent city of 575 tents in a park in the center of Port-au-Prince after the January 12, 2010 earthquake devastation.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

We are focusing on a park that is inhabited by 575 tents in the center of the city. Each tent houses a family unit. The estimated area of the park is 300ft. by 100ft. Some inhabitants have plastic tents that have been donated to them. Others have constructed houses out of wooden scraps, tarp, or sheets. There are no latrines so the roughly 3,000 inhabitants use the streets as a bathroom. There is no real organization or leadership in the zone and communication between aid and need is lacking.

How will this project solve this problem?

In January we contracted nearby rural dwellers to build a 10ft. x 7ft. x 7ft. wooden and palm leaf house to house our appointed Haitian community organizer and to serve as a meeting place. We plan to build one house and a latrine for every 25 houses.

Potential Long Term Impact

By grouping houses and leading representative elections, the zone will become practically organized. All residents will have a voice. Distribution will be done fairly. This zone's organization and approach will serve as an example to other zones.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $355

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $355 .  The original project funding goal was $15,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Caitlin McHale

Winchester, VA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Port-au-Prince Earthquake Relief & Rebuilding