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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.