Since the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, Samaritan’s Purse has been heavily involved in its recovery and development efforts. Our relief and development work focuses on bringing physical, emotional, and spiritual healing to communities through relevant projects. Through innovative interventions, targeted discipleship, and capacity building of church leaders, we are striving to leave a lasting impact on Haiti for the glory of God.
Haiti – Three Years Later
Sixty-nine percent of the country has access to clean water, and the cholera outbreak in later 2010 further weakened the inadequate water and sanitation infrastructure. Samaritan’s Purse is providing wells, latrines, community water filtration systems and hygiene kits to keep families healthy and the nation clean.
Beginning in January of 2010, our medical staff and volunteers have treated over 135,000 people for various illnesses and trauma through our initial emergency response, multiple cholera treatment centers, and general and mobile medical clinics. We currently have a general clinic in Cite Soleil where Haitian health professionals provide free medical care and health education.
We opened a maternal and child health clinic in the Petit Goave commune providing medical care to pregnant women, mothers, and children.
Our maternal and child health initiative in Haiti has reached over 7,400 mothers since the earthquake. Each person has been trained in best practices for pre and post natal care, infectious disease prevention, hygiene, and nutrition.
The earthquake left an overwhelming amount of debris and leveled hundred’s of thousands of buildings. Our heavy equipment operators have removed 134,887 cubic meters of rubble, preparing 329 sites for reconstruction.
1,020,268 pounds of recyclables has been collected through the Ramase Lajan collection centers. “Peddlers” pick up cans and bottles and turn them in for cash. Through our recycling program, trash gets picked up, the risk of disease is reduced, and people are able to earn desperately needed income.
Our recycling program Ramase Lajan provides environmentally beneficial employment opportunities and has generated over $160,000 of income for some of the poorest communities of Port-au-Prince.
The Greta Home and Academy gives 73 boys and girls a place to live, study, and grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ. The campus features six dormitory-style bedrooms, a seven room school, a library, media center, offices, a nurse’s station, a cafeteria and an outdoor play center.