CRS in Haiti
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent 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.
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. Learn more in our financial report.
Catholic Relief Services has served in Haiti since 1954. Our experience there allowed us to respond to the earthquake immediately and has positioned us to be a key resource in recovery and ongoing development.
Country News and Stories
October 28, 2015
Stars of Savings Offer Hope in Haiti
Among the 30 Haitians who meet every Saturday afternoon in Port-au-Prince, you can find the entire history of their country. Their triumphs, losses and suffering―as well as their hopes―are carved into the identity of...
September 11, 2015
Celtic Park Haiti Opens in Port Au Prince
CRS and the Celtic FC Foundation joined the community of Solino in Haiti for the opening of a new soccer facility.
September 8, 2015
CRS launches Celtic Park Haiti on Friday, September 11th
CRS and Celtic FC Foundation announce opening of soccer facility on the grounds of former makeshift camp for earthquake survivors.
February 23, 2015
Haitian Hospital Built by CRS Prepares to Fully Reopen to Patients
Rebuilt after its destruction in the 2010 earthquake, and dedicated on January 15th, the hospital completely reopens April 1st.
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.