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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.