The devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 drew the world’s attention to one of the most unstable and impoverished countries in the world. Thousands died and millions lost everything, but the country was already in a desperate situation before the disaster.
With years of political instability, over half the population were already living on less than $1 per day. A third of children suffered chronic malnutrition – one of the highest rates in the world. With schools, hospitals and homes all destroyed and having to be rebuilt, hope for Haiti’s already uncertain future was severely set back by the earthquake.
The earthquake marked the start of Islamic Relief’s work in Haiti, and we responded immediately, delivering emergency aid to survivors. Eleven days after the earthquake, we had set up the first of our three camps. Each of these included water and sanitation facilities, like toilets, showers and drainage systems, food and water distributions, hygiene kits, and essential survival items like blankets and kitchen sets to prepare meals.
We also started rebuilding three schools for over 2,500 students, built new homes for 800 families, provided vocational training to help people develop skills to find new jobs, and continued to support over 1,000 families living in Islamic Relief camps. With your help, we have been able to remain with the people of Haiti, supporting them well beyond the immediate aftermath of this tragic disaster.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Safe drinking water
- Provided safe and clean drinking water to the Yasin community (300 families, 1500 people)
- Installed an electric water pump with boreholes and tanks to store water