American Red Cross in Haiti
Working Alongside Families and Communities in Haiti for Over a Decade
Immediately after a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, the American people opened their hearts and donated generously to help save lives. Thanks to donations, Red Cross teams did just that—providing food, water, medical care, emergency shelter, cash grants, and other essentials to millions of people. And when Hurricane Matthew—the strongest storm to hit the country in 50 years—made landfall, we prepositioned teams and provided lifesaving aid to those who needed it most. Americans’ generosity made this critical work possible.
Some of our disaster relief and recovery work is very visible: hospitals and clinics (we have funded more than 50), schools (we have renovated or reconstructed more than 40), and housing (we have helped more than 143,000 people through safe housing and neighborhood recovery).
Other parts of American Red Cross’s work are less visible—but just as critical. These include providing 70% of the funds needed for the country’s first cholera vaccine campaign; engaging the community in decision-making; granting seed money to entrepreneurs; and training disaster responders so they can keep their neighbors safe during future emergencies.
We are still in Haiti—carrying out vital improvements every day. We work alongside the Haitian Red Cross to respond to disasters and ensure that recovery in the country is community-driven and sustainable.
The Haitian Red Cross suffered severe losses during the 2010 earthquake—including to its infrastructure. To help strengthen local capacity, the American Red Cross funded a new space for blood collection and ambulance service in Port-au-Prince.
Haitian Red Cross volunteers take a break in Canaan, Haiti. The young men and women have taken active roles in keeping their community safe and healthy. The Red Cross teaches them courses on skills such as first aid, risk and disaster management, and tree planting techniques.
Ferdinand Estinord received seed money from the American Red Cross to start a business that buys local produce and turns it into value-added products, such as jams and liqueurs. Ferdinand—who lives in Canaan, Haiti—has hired 15 of his neighbors to help with the business.
Kids play in a public square in Tapis Rouge—where a camp for people displaced by the earthquake used to stand. The American Red Cross has invested in public spaces in Haiti, which encourages neighborhood cohesion and offers recreational opportunities.
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.
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.
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 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 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. The American Red Cross provided funding to renovate the school, Ecole CEMEAH, which can also serve as an evacuation center during natural disasters.
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.
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.