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Haiti in Pictures: Rebuilding Four Years after the Quake

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    Mona Delva—one of 27,000 people to receive a rental subsidy from the American Red Cross—found a new home and was able to start a business selling baked goods.
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    Mirlande Ostana teaches school kids how to prepare for hurricanes, floods and other emergencies—part of $44 million the Red Cross has committed to disaster preparedness programs for Haitians of all ages.
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    James Medina—who lost his leg during the earthquake—is now studying to be an ortho-prosthetist at a new outpatient rehabilitation facility in Port-au-Prince.
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    Rony Grazelus, his son and 48,000 other people received mosquito nets from the Red Cross during Haiti’s 2013 rainy season. "It allows me to protect my family against illnesses such as malaria."
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    Isemelie Bazard was the first patient to undergo surgery at the University Hospital in Mirebalais—a state-of-the-art teaching hospital constructed with $5.5 million from the American Red Cross.
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    Jean Fosten has expanded and repaired his home with help from a cash grant and will provide a home to a family moving away from a camp, rent free for a year.
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    Families separated in the aftermath of the earthquake reestablished contact, thanks to a Red Cross program that reconnects loved ones in Haiti and around the world.
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    Martine Jozef’s mother expressed her gratitude in the first year following the earthquake, “With the financial support the American Red Cross gave us, I am sending her back to school again. Thank you.”
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    Jacqueline Dormeus received financial support to help her sell charcoal, beans, corn, plantains and other goods following the earthquake. “I can’t find the words to express my joy and gratitude.”
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    James Clinvois is one of 556,000 Haitians with improved access to water and sanitation, thanks to $49 million from the American Red Cross.
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    Bright medical professionals continue to repair Haiti’s healthcare capacity, like this group of emergency technicians at Bernard Mevs Project Medishare.
The contributions helped in the immediate aftermath ... and are still at work today.

When an earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, the scale of devastation was difficult to fathom. But as Americans began to grasp the pain that Haitians felt that day, one thing became very clear: we had to help. Donations to the American Red Cross poured in from across the United States, totaling $486 million toward recovery efforts in Haiti. The contributions helped in the immediate aftermath—providing things like emergency shelter, food, water, medical treatment and supplies—and are still at work today.

Four years later, those donations continue to make a difference in the everyday lives of people affected by the earthquake. Your generosity is helping Haiti to not only recover from the disaster, but to rebuild as safer and better-prepared for future emergencies. Donations to the American Red Cross have touched the lives of nearly 4.4 million people in Haiti. Who are they? Scroll the slideshow to meet a few.

Learn more about the Haiti Assistance Program.

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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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