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Haiti earthquake: 8 years on

Eight years after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, donations given to the American Red Cross in its aftermath are still at work. We not only helped save lives during the emergency, but have helped people become safer, healthier, and more resilient to future disasters. There is always more work to be done, but we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish alongside Haitian communities and the Haitian Red Cross over the past eight years.

Some of our disaster relief and recovery work is very visible: rebuilding hospitals and clinics; renovating schools, constructing bridges and retaining walls. Other parts are less visible, but just as crucial, such as: 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.

We have carried out more than 100 projects in Haiti. Over the past eight years, the American Red Cross has:

  • made a significant impact on Haiti’s medical capacity by funding 54 hospitals and clinics;
  • helped build Haiti’s first waste water treatment plant;
  • reached more than 600,000 Haitians with disaster preparedness and risk reduction activities;
  • provided funding for 46 reconstructed or renovated schools;
  • funded retaining walls, bridges, recreational spaces, and roads in areas devastated by the quake;
  • helped more than 143,000 people through safe housing and neighborhood recovery; and
  • granted seed money to entrepreneurs, like Ferdinand Estinord
  • We are still in Haiti—making 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.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.