Haiti earthquake: 10 years later

January 12 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. On January 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit an area about 25 kilometres from Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. In the aftermath of the disaster, between 220,000 and 300,000 people lost their lives and up to three million people were severely impacted, creating the worst humanitarian crisis the country has faced to date.

Homes destroyed in the aftermath of the earthquake. Photo: Jon Warren

Ten years later, Haiti is still struggling to fully recover from the earthquake and subsequent natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

While progress has been made, some of the issues prior to the earthquake still persist in Haiti, such as weak political governance, lack of infrastructure, and limited access to basic resources. In 2019, widespread anti-government protests have shut down schools, businesses, and worsened humanitarian needs.

Girls participate in activities at a World Vision Child Friendly Space in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Paul Bettings

Despite all of this, there is hope. To date, World Vision continues to walk alongside Haitians to rebuild their nation by strengthening their communities. You can be a part of this work by sponsoring a child in Haiti. Child sponsorship helps provide vulnerable children with essentials such as food, clean water, education and health care.

To find out more, please click here.



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Water in Crisis – Haiti

According to Katherine Sentlinger, there is a severe water crisis in Haiti. She writes the following:

“As the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti has to deal with issues of poverty and water scarcity on a daily basis. According to a study conducted by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, “only 55.2 percent of the population has access to an improved water source, while close to 70 percent does not have direct access to potable water. These figures, however, almost definitely overstate Haitians’ access to improved water sources, since public systems are rarely available year round”. Access to clean, fresh water is a main concern in Haiti, where waterborne illnesses, such as typhoid, cholera, and chronic diarrhea, are the cause of more than half of the deaths in the country every year. Contaminated water is also one of the leading causes of childhood illness and the very high infant death rate in Haiti (57 for every 1000 births) .”

But, there is hope. You can help make a difference through the FreddyLink “Water is Life” fundraiser. We hope to raise $100,000 to help provide safe and accessible water, construct water stations & latrines and rehabilitate wells to create real and lasting change for Haitian families. Click here for more details.

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Progress in WASH in Haiti

Water, sanitation and hygiene, known as WASH, is a priority for World Vision in Haiti. Here are some results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018.

  • 10,460 people, including 6,135 children, learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 2,184 technicians were trained to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
  • 2,984 people are benefiting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 9,476 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources

While work continues on a national scale in Haiti, we at FreddyLink are also raising funds to assist with WASH projects in the Morne Pelee Area Development Program in Haiti. Click here for more information how you can help provide clean water in Haiti.

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30 Hours for Water

NEXTGEN Ministry at Smythe Street Church will hosting an event called “30 Hours for Water” on November 15-16. Middle school and high school students will participate in a number of activities to increase awareness of issues related to water and hunger in developing countries.

All funds raised through this event will go towards the FreddyLink “Water is Life” fundraiser. The funds will be used to help provide safe and accessible water, construct water stations & latrines and rehabilitate wells to create real and lasting change for Haitian families in the World Vision Morne Pelee Area Development Program.

You can support these students in their fundraising efforts by making an on-line donation here.

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