Haiti Earthquake Response:
5 Years Later

These children attend the Notre Dame du Saint Esprit Catholic School in Hinche municipality. Catholic Relief Services is supporting education programs in Haiti by training and certifying local school teachers.

These children attend the Notre Dame du Saint Esprit Catholic School in Hinche municipality. Catholic Relief Services is supporting education programs in Haiti by training and certifying local school teachers. Photo by Oscar Leiva/Silverlight for CRS.

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From Immediate Relief to
Long-term Recovery

Five years ago, an earthquake destroyed much of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The morning after the quake, CRS staff members were aiding survivors.

Our long experience in the country, and hand-in-hand partnership with the Catholic Church in Haiti, enabled CRS to make great strides in the past 5 years:

  • Rebuilding St. François de Sales as a state-of-the-art teaching hospital.
  • Reinvigorating an education system for Haiti's future.
  • Laying the financial groundwork for true ownership of permanent homes.
  • Working with farmers to bring sustainable food sources back to the island.

Haiti presents immense and complex challenges that require a firm grounding in faith and long-term commitment to sustainable actions that achieve meaningful results. We have one goal: a prosperous, independent, whole Haiti.

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Haiti Earthquake: Then and Now, A Photo Gallery

It's been 5 years since Haiti's worst earthquake in 200 years devastated the country in mere moments. Challenges remain, but we have made tremendous inroads. Explore this photo gallery to see the biggest changes.

Some 800 families turned this soccer field in Solino, one of Port-au-Prince's roughest neighborhoods, into a tent camp following the earthquake. Today CRS and the city's residents are restoring the soccer field with artificial turf, turning it into a much-needed recreation center. Photos by CRS staff and Oscar Leiva/Silverlight for CRS

Some 800 families turned this soccer field in Solino, one of Port-au-Prince's roughest neighborhoods, into a tent camp following the earthquake. Today CRS and the city's residents are restoring the soccer field with artificial turf, turning it into a much-needed recreation center. Photos by CRS staff and Oscar Leiva/Silverlight for CRS


Five Years Later: 11 Success Stories From the Rubble of the Haiti Earthquake

  1. Immediately following the earthquake, CRS provided 10 million meals to more than 1 million people in affected areas.
  2. Using hand-powered rubble crushers supplied by CRS, communities removed almost 1.5 million cubic feet of rubble. Nearly 389,000 cubic feet of it was recycled and used for foundations of more than 4,500 transitional shelters and 300 latrines.
  3. CRS helped 10,500 families resettle in Port-au-Prince, providing transitional shelter—sturdy earthquake – and storm-resistant buildings that enabled people to return to their neighborhoods. As part of community rebuilding efforts, CRS also supported clean water, sanitation, safety measures, house repairs and education.
  4. CRS installed or repaired 2,397 sanitation facilities (sinks, latrines and related plumbing) in Port-au-Prince. CRS constructed 8,140 rainwater catchment units for transitional shelters, and installed 394 showers and 29 potable water tanks or inflatable water bladders. CRS also constructed or repaired 3 1/2 miles of drainage canal.
  5. CRS created short-term employment for about 11,100 people (42% of them women) through cash-for-work activities to improve local infrastructure. Participants worked a total of 217,630 days and earned more than $2 million.
  6. In partnership with the Catholic Church in Haiti, CRS rebuilt St. François de Sales, one of the country's oldest hospitals. The 200-bed teaching hospital is 1 of 7 faith-based hospitals CRS is working with to improve the quality of health care for Haitians.

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Training Teachers Proves Successful for CRS Haiti Education Programs

Catholic schools account for about 15 percent of the education system in Haiti, making them the country's largest educational services provider. Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Catholic Relief Services partnered with the Conference of Haitian Bishops' Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education in Haiti (CEEC) and the University of Notre Dame to improve Catholic schools across Haiti by providing training to principals and teachers. One such teacher is Maniela Dorcelus, who describes how the training improved her teaching.

Hospital Destroyed by Haiti Earthquake Rebuilt Into Modern Health Facility

In the hours after a horrific earthquake shattered much of Port-au-Prince in Haiti, Dr. Cadet was there, working quickly to assist as many injured survivors as he could. That was no easy task since 80% of a key hospital, St. Francois de Sales, was destroyed. Now, five years later, Catholic Relief Services and the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, with funding from the Catholic Health Association and Sur Futuro, have rebuilt the hospital into a modern teaching facility that will train the medical professionals of Haiti's future and serve as a model for providing quality care to the poor around the country. Dr. Cadet, who now serves as the hospital's chief operating officer, describes how the newly-built hospital will serve the people of Port-au-Prince.

CRS' Mountains to Market Program Supports Haitian Farmers

After the earthquake, CRS started the Mountains to Market program to help coffee and mango farmers in the southern peninsula of Haiti increase their income and better protect their precious natural resources.

A man prays on the grounds of Sacré-Coeur Church. The church, destroyed in the earthquake, is being rebuilt by the construction unit of the Partnership for Church Reconstruction.

A man prays on the grounds of Sacré-Coeur Church. The church, destroyed in the earthquake, is being rebuilt by the construction unit of the Partnership for Church Reconstruction. Photo by Oscar Leiva/Silverlight for CRS