January 2012 - Decades of political instability and recurring natural disasters have trapped Haiti in a spiral of poverty, with 55% of people in 2009 already living below the poverty line*.
Then, on January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale struck Haiti. The capital of Port au Prince and surrounding areas were destroyed, with 220,000 casualties and 1.5 million people losing their homes.
A few months later, a cholera epidemic raged across the country, worsening the aftermath of the quake for hundreds of thousands of people.
Action Against Hunger teams assisted 900,000 people in Haiti in 2011 alone, with 15 million euros being invested in relief and development efforts since the earthquake struck.
Here is a breakdown of Action Against Hungerís activity:
There is still much to do. In the coming months Action Against Hungerís work will focus on:
Action Against Hunger have been present in Haiti for 15 years and teams were well placed to issue immediate emergency responses to both the earthquake and the cholera epidemic.
Within hours of the earthquake, teams were distributing emergency supplies and later in the year 100,000 people received cholera prevention kits.
Today, our teams remain firmly on the ground operating nutrition, food security, water and sanitation and disaster risk management programmes and are helping Haitians to slowly rebuild their lives.
In the features below you can find out how your support has made and continues making a difference to families in Haiti.
Hundreds of families displaced by the catastrophic earthquake in 2010 still remain in IDP camps in the capital of Port au Prince, and many are living on inadequate food supplies. Over the past few months, Action Against Hunger has developed an exciting new urban gardening programme to support the recovery of 200 high risk families. Read more...
Since the arrival of the dry season last November, the cholera epidemic, which had been spreading, finally calmed down. Action Against Hunger teams are working in partnership with the Haitian authorities to provide long term solutions to improve sanitation and access to clean water and ensure that water sources are not contaminated. Read more...
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