Haiti Assistance Program
When a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, people lost family members, their homes, their way of earning income, and so much more. Americans responded by opening their hearts and donating generously to help save lives.
Working side-by-side with the global Red Cross network—and in step with the people of Haiti—we provided food & water, medical care & rubble removal, and emergency shelter to people in need. Within a year of the earthquake, a severe cholera outbreak occurred, and the American Red Cross helped stem that outbreak through the distribution of basic items like soap and water purification tablets, as well as providing 70% of the funds needed for the country’s first cholera vaccine campaign.
Over the past six years, we have helped millions of Haitians become safer, healthier, and more resilient—all thanks to donations from the American people.
We know from extensive experience that families affected by a disaster as devastating as the Haiti earthquake need more to help them recover than the life-saving supplies delivered in the immediate aftermath. That’s why we have spent the past six years investing in the country’s medical capacity, infrastructure, economic sustainability, disaster preparedness systems, and housing.
We have provided funds for 22 hospitals and clinics, helped more than 135,000 people through safe housing and neighborhood recovery, and have constructed more than 9,000 latrines and other water & sanitation systems. We are still in Haiti, working to ensure that recovery is long-lasting and that families are prepared for future disasters that may come their way.
Frantz Volma stands behind the counter of his newly-opened restaurant in Carrefour-Feuilles, Frantz received financial support and training from the American Red Cross to open his new business and has high hopes for its success.
Robin Yevline practices metal work at a professional training center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The American Red Cross funded a scholarship for Robin to attend the vocational training, after which she hopes to obtain a job and support her family.
Magdiana Jean and her 4-month-old son, Ricardo, visit the maternity and pediatrics ward of a clinic run by Red Cross partner HOPE in Borgne, Haiti. Since the earthquake struck, the American Red Cross has funded 22 hospitals and clinics in Haiti – helping to rebuild the country’s medical infrastructure.
“We are happy and proud of our new school,” exclaimed Samantha Georges, a 6th grader standing on her school’s newly renovated walkway. The American Red Cross provided funding to renovate the school, Ecole CEMEAH, which can also serve as an evacuation center during natural disasters.
Volunteers in the neighborhood of Saint-Gerard practice raising a red alert flag in preparation for hurricane season. The American Red Cross has helped the community to develop an early warning system and trains volunteers to be the first line of responders when emergencies strike.
Angeni Senpha and her children used to have a pit latrine but now use a composting toilet at their home. The American Red Cross is funding and working with partner organization, SOIL, in northern Haiti to install toilets and to expand the capacity of the composting waste treatment facility.
In partnership with CARE, the Red Cross is helping homeowners like Reynal Gue (right) repair and expand their houses, as well as make them more disaster-resistant. The homeowners who benefit from this program agree to provide a free room to former camp residents for 18 to 24 months, offering them a safe place to live as they rebuild their lives.
Ever since she found out she was pregnant, Elièse Louis has been coming to Mirebalais Hospital—built in part with American Red Cross funding—to receive ongoing prenatal, birth, and postnatal care. In June 2014, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Lovenosky.
The American Red Cross, in partnership with Mercy Corps, has helped set up 35 savings and loan associations in the neighborhood of Carrefour-Feuilles. This savings group has been active since May 2014 and its members are proud to be able to save money by themselves.
Red Cross volunteers distribute condoms and health messages in Petit-Goâve. The Red Cross organizes activities during large gatherings and festivals to raise awareness about HIV among youth.
Construction trainer Widleine Georges answers a question from trainee Moise Dieujuste in the Carrefour-Feuilles neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. The Red Cross and Build Change are training construction workers on safer building practices that will make houses more resistant to earthquakes, hurricanes, or other natural disasters.
Sadia, Landy, Godson, and Gerdy-Ythamar celebrate education. Through the American Red Cross and HELP, the recent high school graduates received full-paid scholarships to attend college in Haiti.