"I am so happy that my husband and I were able to move into the new house from Help with our six children. Finally we have a proper home again and a safe place to sleep. The children are particularly excited about the new home." Exianne Jean, 33 years old
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Disastrous destruction after serious earthquake
On 12 January 2010 a serious earthquake struck Haiti. 300,000 people lost their lives, hundreds of thousands were injured and 1.5 million people were made homeless. The earthquake not only left great devastation behind it, but also brought the country's infrastructure to a complete standstill.
Despite the positive developments during the last few years, structural weaknesses and insufficient infrastructure continue to hinder work in the project region. The political instability in particular also makes the current situation more difficult. Haiti was already the poorest country in the western hemisphere before the earthquake and remains so today.
The food situation is still critical in many regions. Repeated tropical storms such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012 destroy agricultural land.
Long-term reconstruction and sustainable improvement in living conditions
After the devastating earthquake Help supported 60,000 people with medical staff and supplies of medicines during the first stage of emergency aid. We already became involved in the long-term reconstruction of the country at an early stage. Our aim was to improve the living conditions of the population in the long term.
In 2015 the focus of our work was on the following areas:
- Campaign to build earthquake-proof homes
- Training skilled craftsmen
- Supporting small companies to produce and supply building materials
- Erecting bank reinforcements against increasing storm tides during the rainy season
- Improving access to drinking water
- Sustainable expansion and repair of roads
- Strengthening the municipal structures and the local authorities
+++ As of August 2018, there are no projects in Haiti +++
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