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American Red Cross in Haiti

Working Alongside Families and Communities in Haiti for Over a Decade

Our Work


The American Red Cross has been working alongside families and communities in Haiti for more than a decade. When a 7.0 earthquake struck the country in 2010, we saved lives. And when Hurricane Matthew—the strongest storm to hit the country in 50 years—made landfall this past October, we prepositioned teams and emergency supplies to quickly provide lifesaving aid. Americans’ generosity has made this critical work possible. Thanks to donations from across the United States, we not only saved lives, but continue to help Haitians recover from these disasters.

After the 2010 earthquake, we worked side-by-side with the global Red Cross network—and in step with the people of Haiti—to provide food & water, medical care & rubble removal, sanitation & emergency shelter to families in need. When severe cholera outbreak occurred, the American Red Cross helped stem that outbreak by distributing basic items and providing 70% of the funds needed for the country’s first cholera vaccine campaign. In areas affected by Hurricane Matthew, we continue combating the increased threat of cholera by delivering cholera prevention kits—containing things like soap, buckets and water purification tabs—and educating residents on prevention and treatment measures.

Over the past seven years, we have funded more than 50 hospitals and clinics in Haiti, provided funds for construction of the country’s first wastewater treatment plant, helped more than 143,000 people through safe housing and neighborhood recovery, and so much more. Today, we have more than 200 American Red Cross staff members permanently based in the country—more than 95 percent of whom are Haitian nationals.

We continue working alongside the Haitian Red Cross to ensure that recovery is long-lasting and that families are prepared for future disasters that may come their way.

See a complete financial breakdown of our earthquake relief & recovery spending as of March 2016 >>

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For 7+ years’ worth of videos from Haiti, visit our Haiti YouTube playlist.

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Haiti resident picks up supplies

A resident of Citerne-Remy picks up relief supplies from the Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Since the storm passed, the American Red Cross, working alongside the Haitian Red Cross, has distributed lifesaving aid such as hygiene kits, cooking tools, cholera prevention items, and shelter repair supplies & tools to those affected by the storm.

Red Cross distributes supplies

The Red Cross distributes relief supplies at the port of Anse d'Hainault, not far from where Hurricane Matthew made landfall. The items distributed include shelter repairs tools, food, jerry cans, buckets, mosquito nets, blankets.

Cholera prevention kits distributed in Haiti

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, American Red Cross staff member, Rhode Jean Philippe, distributes cholera prevention kits—containing things like soap, buckets and water purification tabs—and educating residents on prevention and treatment measures.

Frantz Volma stands behind the counter of his newly-opened restaurant in Carrefour-Feuilles

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.

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.

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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 more than 50 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.

“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.

haiti earhtquake five years later

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.

haiti earthquake five years later

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.

haiti earthquake five years later

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.

haiti earthquake five years later

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.

haiti earthquake five years later

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.

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