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Haiti earthquake: MCC is responding
Survivors of the January 12 earthquake remove debris from devastated houses in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Belair. Photo by Paul Jeffrey/ACT.

Survivors of the January 12 earthquake remove debris from devastated houses in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Belair. Photo by Paul Jeffrey/ACT.

MCC is beginning a multimillion-dollar, multiyear response to the earthquake in Haiti. Join us as we pray with and work alongside Haitian communities facing unimaginable destruction. Read more

 

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Haiti: four years after the earthquake

Haiti building project

MCC is working closely with the people of Desarmes, a town about 62 miles north of Port-au-Prince, to strengthen its educational opportunities and improve its access to clean water.

Prior to the Jan. 2010 earthquake, many people from Desarmes lived in the capital of Port-au-Prince because they didn’t have access to education, jobs or basic services in their home communities. Some of them were among the 220,000 people who were killed, in part because of the sheer number of people living in overcrowded, substandard housing in the capital.

MCC saw the value of creating resources in areas outside of Port-au-Prince, so that Haitians could live with their own families, in their own communities. With resources that include education and water, less people would have to migrate to the capital for opportunities.

Major projects in 2013

 

Coming up in 2014

  • Improvements to irrigation canals
  • A road project to connect remote villages in the hillsides above Desarmes.
  • A large agriculture project in the northeast area of Haiti.

Thank you

More than $16 million has been dedicated to MCC’s earthquake response in Haiti. All but $2.5 million has been allocated so far as we support Haitians as they rebuild their lives and address root problems that made the earthquake so devastating.

Looking back on four years of MCC’s earthquake recovery work, Kurt Hildebrand, MCC Haiti representative, is pleased with the results of the Desarmes projects and many others MCC completed in and around Port-au-Prince.

Kurt Hildebrand

“The impact has been very real and very much felt and appreciated by families and organizations we are working with,” said Hildebrand. “They have a deep appreciation for ways we helped people to recover and improve the overall quality of life in communities. It’s a positive experience, knowing that people’s real life circumstances are changing, thanks to all the giving that has happened.”


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