On 12 January 2010, a devastating, 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, in which over 220,000 people lost their lives and 2.1 million people found themselves homeless.
Having been launched as a house-building charity just over one year before the earthquake, we quickly moved to providing essential emergency relief in its aftermath.
During the weeks that followed, we distributed over 7,000 tarpaulins to families living in temporary camps in some of the worst affected communities, directly impacting 42,000 people. We also became the second-largest provider of latrines in post-earthquake camps in Port au Prince at that time, directly supporting more than 80,000 people.
Our focus then switched to providing more long-term solutions, building 625 ‘Transitional’ or ‘T’ shelters, which enabled families to move from campsites to semi-permanent, hurricane-proof shelters. Our teams of Community Health Workers (CHWs) also gave training to hundreds of local people in Hygiene Promotion and cholera mitigation at this crucially important time.
As recovery began to take hold, our focus moved from house-building to long-term community development programmes, supporting families to look to the future with hope.