January 12, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the massive 7.0
earthquake which shook Haiti killing nearly 300,000 and displacing
approximately 2 million people. In the year since, Haiti has also been
hit with a cholera epidemic and flooding from Hurricane Tomas.
While significant challenges to a full recovery remain, there have been many successes.
Generous donations from members and friends continue to enable Global Ministries to support effective relief, recovery and
rebuilding initiatives in Haiti.
These gifts, shared with our indigenous, grassroots and international
relief and development partners have reached thousands of Haitians.
- Emergency food, clean water, hygiene kits, shelter materials and medication have been distributed
- Artesian wells and latrines are being constructed
- Educational programs for children have been re-established and expanded and permanent schools are being constructed
- Families are returning to their newly repaired homes
- Persons with disabilities are being supported to re-establish small businesses
- Seeds, tools and agricultural training have been provided to Haitians who have moved to the countryside
- Trauma counseling and cholera prevention education is actively being shared
And, plans are in place to support full-scale home construction as soon as land ownership issues can be resolved.
Yet, over a million people in Haiti remain extremely vulnerable. A
fragile infrastructure, limited government capacity and soaring poverty
levels prior to and post earthquake have no easy remedy.
The resiliency of the Haitian people is remarkable. Recently, Kenson
Vilmay, a school coordinator in Lay-o-gone said, “It’s all good, life
is not over because of this. Life continues. You have to get up and
still keep living.”
Global Ministries and our partners are
committed to accompanying the people of Haiti on the long, long journey
of recovery. Your prayers and gifts make this commitment possible.
Resources and Updates:
Global Ministries Updates on Haiti Earthquake Response
Worship Resources for Haiti
One Great Hour of Sharing Resources on Haiti Earthquake Response
Week of Compassion: Remembering Haiti
Hope Form - Kelly Gallagher
Has a History - Bryan Sirchio
Before and After - Michael and Sandy
UCC Supports Haiti Earthquake Response