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.


People Served: 1,112,180

Population: 10,110,019 (July 2015 est.)

Size: 10,714 sq mi; a little larger than Massachusetts 

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.