Haiti, 3 years on

11/01/2013

Tearfund project helping the building of a new school in HaitiThree years ago this Saturday (12.01.13), the Haiti earthquake devastated the country’s capital Port au Prince and several surrounding towns. The DEC announced its Haiti Earthquake Appeal with 24 hours and began accepting donations. 

At magnitude 7.0, the quake was large rather than huge but it was shallow and centred very near the capital.  There had not been a major earthquake in Haiti since 1842 and the country was poorly placed to cope with such a shock.   The government already had limited capacity and lost key buildings and staff as a result of the quake. High levels of poverty meant many people were crowded together in poorly built concrete buildings which collapsed during the quake.   The result was over 200,000 dead and more than two million people living in the streets.
 
Most DEC member agencies were already present in Haiti and once they had dug themselves out of the rubble and buried their dead, their staff and partners set to work helping others. The UK public donated an extraordinary £107m - the second highest total for any DEC appeal after only the 2004 tsunami appeal.  In the first six months after the earthquake our member agencies used DEC funds to reach 1.8m people with emergency aid.  
 
The DEC decided from the outset that appeal funds would be used over three years, rather than the usual two, because it was clear Haiti faced a slow, hard road to recovery.  The large scale reconstruction that was desperately needed required leadership from the severely weakened Haitian government and backing from the international community.  In the absence of an effective programme of this kind, DEC member agencies undertook a wide range of activities to support recovery at a community level.  In the two years to July 2012 they have helped more than 800,000 people including:
 
  • Improving the water supply of 340,000 people
  • Supplying drugs to five cholera treatment facilities serving 18,000 people 
  • Providing free medical care to 39,000 people
  • Giving tools and seeds to help 23,000 people in farming households support themselves
  • Providing improved shelter for 34,000 people
  • Giving information to 116,000 people about preparing for future disasters
  • Running literary classes for 60,000 vulnerable women to help them support themselves and their families
  • Training camp committee members to defend 25,000 camp residents from forced eviction.
The last year in particular has seen a significant shift away from emergency aid and towards more sustainable projects.  Water and sanitation work remain a high priority but increasingly this work focused on providing permanent solutions.  Livelihoods became the largest area of work as agencies sought to ensure the survivors they work with had the skills, materials and money they needed to provide for themselves and their families.  Shelter also remained a large area of work, although the lack of available land on which permanent homes could be built meant the emphasis was predominantly on better  temporary shelters. There are however over 1,300 people in Haiti now living in permanent homes constructed with DEC funds.
 
Of the £107m raised, £72m were given to the DEC secretariat and £35m was given direct to the member agencies. As of the end of December 2012, member agencies had  requested and received £70m of the funds raised directly by the DEC Secretariat and were on track to spend all remaining DEC-raised funds by end of January 2013 - as promised when the DEC appealed to the UK public for funds.  Most member agencies will continue to work in Haiti using other funds.
 
Given Haiti’s history and the high levels of poverty prior to the earthquake, the road to recovery was always going to be long and hard.  The generosity of the UK public in response to the DEC appeal has meant that funds were available both to help immediately after the disaster but also to ensure that many people continued to receive support after funding from other sources had dried up
 
For more information about the challenges facing survivors of the Haiti earthquake and the DEC member agencies trying to support them, see the blog by then DEC Chief Executive Brendan Gormley written two years after the quake: Haiti, has aid helped?

Comments

Thx people

Posted at 11.22 am on 18/07/14

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Thx people

Posted at 11.22 am on 18/07/14

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No one

Posted at 07.16 am on 17/07/14

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MILKMAN

Posted at 02.54 pm on 25/06/14

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Dana

Posted at 09.03 pm on 22/06/14

This helped me a lot for my geo project

ORLA

Posted at 10.25 am on 20/06/14

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Denis

Posted at 10.51 am on 08/06/14

Thank you, this helps with my geography test.

Lauren

Posted at 12.56 pm on 25/05/14

Helped me a lot with my geography report on the quake. So glad I picked this quake to study!!

les

Posted at 04.38 pm on 20/05/14

thanks

les

Posted at 04.37 pm on 20/05/14

the annual report did not really help is there anything that you think will help me

bentley

Posted at 03.59 pm on 15/05/14

it doesn't say anything about what cleaned it up

Sarah

Posted at 02.21 pm on 12/05/14

helped me fill in a box for geography

Skillz

Posted at 09.38 am on 28/02/14

Helped me with Geography Homework

kit kat chunky

Posted at 05.22 pm on 07/02/14

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Licka madiq

Posted at 09.07 am on 22/01/14

Love you guys want to supoport all dem people peace love bob marley

Lola

Posted at 06.16 pm on 19/01/14

Its very helpful except what was the duration time of the Haiti earthquake?

Licka madiq

Posted at 12.18 pm on 16/01/14

Thank you great use for my school work

Marie

Posted at 08.30 pm on 26/12/13

Regarding the population of Haiti posted above, the population is 9.8 million. It is estimated that 3.5 million reside in Port -au-Prince before earthquake.

lesley

Posted at 01.32 am on 09/12/13

this helped me A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blaney

Posted at 09.35 am on 03/12/13

this is helping me a lot

blaney

Posted at 09.32 am on 03/12/13

omg its amazing

THE MAN

Posted at 01.09 am on 29/11/13

Could U tell me the population of Haiti before and after the quake?

colin

Posted at 05.21 pm on 17/11/13

just found it,it is, 3.5 billion

colin

Posted at 05.16 pm on 17/11/13

Britain raised 107 million,which is great but what about the other countrys funds, IE USA just for one,the total amount raised must be many many times more ,weres that gone

Chloe

Posted at 12.07 pm on 16/11/13

Thanks this really helped me with my assessment! It's amazing how much work you guys have been doing!!!

Anika

Posted at 06.01 pm on 09/11/13

Thanx trhis realy helped with my geography work!!

Yasmin

Posted at 07.16 pm on 30/10/13

Thanks for the info this helped my geography earthquake project!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kayleigh

Posted at 04.14 pm on 25/10/13

This has helped me very much with my geography projact. thanks

amy

Posted at 02.55 pm on 24/09/13

that is good hhelping them

Kavya

Posted at 09.40 am on 04/09/13

Veeerryy helpful <3 :) Thanks :D

mehak

Posted at 10.35 am on 31/08/13

is good .a great help for my project .thanks

brendan from DEC

Posted at 01.34 pm on 15/08/13

Hi Sulaca - probably the best place to find the most current information is in the Haiti section of our last annual report which you can browse or download here: http://www.dec.org.uk/annual-reports

Sulaca

Posted at 12.01 pm on 14/08/13

This information is great!
However, is there any document/page that details how much money was donated and exactly how it has been spent? Thanks.

Lex

Posted at 03.47 pm on 29/05/13

thanks

Leon from DEC

Posted at 10.30 am on 23/05/13

Hi Bob,

We assure you the information we publish isn't 'false' it comes from the reporting our members produce on their work spending DEC appeal funds in the country.

We have a strong evaluation and accountability process which guides our reporting and learnings which you can read more about here:

http://www.dec.org.uk/about-dec/how-we-ensure-quality

AHUMAN

Posted at 05.20 pm on 19/05/13

OMG ! I needed this for my exam thank you, thank you !!!!!!!!

bob

Posted at 03.38 pm on 08/05/13

this info is not very helpful it is false

abel

Posted at 05.24 pm on 30/04/13

they should put what time it happend

abel

Posted at 05.19 pm on 30/04/13

awesome info realy helped with a now complete project

Christine whitehead

Posted at 10.15 pm on 23/04/13

I am watching a programme on the television that ross kemp about heiti 10 months 1 million people are still, living in poviety in portoprince not very good is it !!!

Georgie

Posted at 07.54 am on 16/04/13

Thank you for the information and helping haiti! it was one of the most devastating earthquakes in my lifetime!

Adele

Posted at 03.15 pm on 24/03/13

So helpful.

Bart

Posted at 12.15 pm on 06/03/13

I've just been doing this for my georgraphy case-study. This information is really interesting, and most of it is hidden from the media, especially after the earthquake has happened. It's these details that help you get a Level 3 answer.

Lisa

Posted at 10.19 am on 06/03/13

Wow. I am impressed with all the work you have been doing! Thank you for all this information!

Lisa

Posted at 06.34 pm on 27/02/13

Thankyou i have used this information to help me with me homework and it has been very helpful
Im glad your country are rebuilding there lives again.

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