CRS in Haiti
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of Haitians living on less than $2 a day. Haiti’s poverty is intensified by the needs of a large population and by political and socioeconomic instability.
Catholic Relief Services reaches people on the edge in Haiti. CRS is there when an emergency strikes. CRS helps build hospitals, educational opportunities, agricultural prospects and healthy futures. But this work cannot be done without you.
When you donate to CRS, you do it all. You help families put their lives back together after disaster. You feed the bodies and minds of children. You grow crops and futures.
In Haiti, CRS’ work focuses on several areas, including emergency response, health, education and agriculture.
In January 2010, the dire situation in Haiti was worsened by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which decimated the country’s already decaying infrastructure. More than 230,000 people died, and nearly 2 million Haitians were displaced. Immediately following the earthquake, you provided 10 million meals to more than 1 million people because you supported CRS. Using hand-powered rubble crushers, communities removed the debris and recycled it. It was used for foundations of more than 4,500 transitional shelters and 300 latrines. As part of rebuilding efforts, CRS also supported clean water and sanitation efforts.
In the first study of its kind, CRS visited all 2,315 Catholic schools in Haiti to assess school infrastructure, quality of service and management. That data is being used to train teachers and grow a support structure, improve programs, and provide greater accountability.
CRS works with farmers—from seedlings to sales. We help people get their harvests to market effectively and ensure that more yields lead to more money.
CRS works in the coffee industry, creating a network of cooperatives, planting new trees and helping to facilitate sales.
Resilience. Impact. Dedication. You. CRS’ work in Haiti is just one example where your presence makes a world of difference.
Country News and Stories
June 21, 2016
Haiti: What You Help Make Possible
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of supporters in the United States, Catholic Relief Services can ensure that help reaches those who need it most. As part of a plan that will span 5 years and beyond, CRS will spend...
October 28, 2015
Stars of Savings Offer Hope in Haiti
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January 17, 2015
Hospital Destroyed in 2010 Haiti Earthquake Reopens
Five years after the earthquake in Haiti, St. Francois de Sales Hospital is reopening better than before.
January 12, 2015
5 Years After Haiti Earthquake, a Landmark Hospital Is Rebuilt
Eighty percent of the St. Francois de Sales hospital in Port-au-Prince was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. This week, it reopens.
CRS' History in Haiti
Catholic Relief Services began working in Haiti in 1954 after Hurricane Hazel devastated the country and killed about 1,000 people. High population density, severe deforestation and decaying infrastructure make Haiti particularly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.
CRS Haiti continues its long-standing commitment to helping the Haitian people in many aspects of their lives, including sustainable development efforts after the 2010 earthquake. In Haiti, CRS responds to emergencies, provides agriculture assistance, supports education and works to enhance the health care system throughout the country.