The earthquake that struck Haiti on 12th January 2010 caused widespread destruction. Over 300,000 people were killed in the quake.
A third of the Haitian population – 3.2 million people – were affected by the natural disaster.
According to the government, more than 250,000 homes and 30,000 businesses were destroyed. The economy was ruined.
The disaster had a huge impact on this poor and fragile country, and continues to do so.
Your donation makes a difference. Thanks to your solidarity, working with our partner NGOs, we were immediatly able to provide emergency relief and were subsequently closely involved in the reconstruction of earthquake- and storm-resistant buildings.
Our partner relief organizations carry out projects tailored precisely to the needs of those they help:
Our partner relief organizations:
“In Haiti we have made sure reconstruction efforts and development cooperation are closely linked, so as to make the impact of the donations even more effective.”David Dandrès, Swiss Solidarity Project Officer for Haiti
As Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, many of our Swiss partner relief organizations were already operating on the island before the disaster.
These aid organizations were able to begin to deliver emergency relief in the first few hours following the quake. They distributed food and water, set up temporary accommodation and provided medical aid.
Having administered emergency relief, we turned our attention to reconstruction, working with our partner organizations. They repaired and rebuilt 2,700 houses to be earthquake- and storm-resistant, and installed 3,300 latrines and 2,500 water reservoirs.
We have financed a total of 90 projects by 22 aid organizations to date. So our aid efforts on Haiti are coming to a close. There are still a few projects running to consolidate the success and sustainability of the projects already implemented.
Five years after an earthquake devastated a large portion of Haiti, Swiss Solidarity’s partner NGOs are bringing their aid projects to a close.
A few days before the fourth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake of 12 January 2010, Swiss Solidarity has taken stock of the projects it has co-funded in the country.