10 January 2012

From heartbreak to hope in Haiti: Two years in photos

  1. Destruction: When a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on January 12, 2010, the city was reduced to a pile of rubble in a matter of minutes.
  2. Devastation: Growing up in Haiti has never been easy, it has the highest child mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere.
  3. Providing food: World Vision helped to feed more than 2.5 million people through food distributions and support for school feeding programs.
  4. Medical care: Danielle Archile lost her home in the devastating earthquake. But her biggest fear in the following days was that she lacked the means to care for her 3-month-old son, Amadou.
  5. Water: In the past two years, World Vision has supplied more than 610 million litres of water to children and families in need.
  6. Health and hygiene: To prevent sickness and disease, World Vision built more than 700 latrines and 600 showers and provided tools and maintenance training to keep the latrines clean and safe to use.
  7. Protecting kids: World Vision established 30 Child-Friendly Spaces to provide the young earthquake survivors with a safe place to play, learn, and receive psychosocial support, helping them return to a sense of normalcy.
  8. Containing and preventing cholera: A cholera outbreak began in October 2010 and claimed thousands of lives while endangering millions more.
  9. New homes: Marceline Philibert and her daughter, Sabin, 5, pose happily outside their new World Vision-built home.
  10. Reuniting families: Many children were separated from their families during the earthquake and its immediate aftermath. These children were especially vulnerable to trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

This week marks the two-year anniversary of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. It was the most powerful quake to hit the nation in more than 200 years. The impact was devastating, triggering an international relief and recovery response. Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere even before the 2010 quake.

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Irmgard Kastner
Jan 13, 2012

This is so beautiful, seeing human beings at their best, building homes, bringing food and clothes and giving these poor people hope and a new lease in life. Thank ...

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