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MCC has worked in Haiti since 1958 with a recent focus on reforestation and peacebuilding through support for human rights. MCC partners in Haiti have long sought to address the effects of political instability, weak rule of law, environmental devastation, and most recently, a massive earthquake.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010 reduced much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, to rubble.  The earthquake killed more than 300,000 people, injured an additional 300,000, and made 1.5 million people homeless.  As of July 2013 and estimated 320,000 people still live in displacement camps.

The Inter-American Development Bank estimated that the total cost of the disaster was between $8 billion and $14 billion.  Despite numerous international funding and reconstruction efforts, Haiti has yet to recover from the devastation.

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Haitian government, civil society organizations, and community associations are being systematically excluded from the relief and reconstruction process.  Only 1% of all humanitarian relief and development aid goes to the Haitian government.  Haitian-led NGOs and private sectors have also been largely excluded from reconstruction funds.  Read more >>

   
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Cholera outbreak began in October 2010, ten months after Haiti’s tragic earthquake, and “has become one of the largest cholera epidemics in modern history”, according to the Pan American Health Organization. To date, at least 7,200 Haitians have died from the disease and more than 530,000 people have been infected.  Read more >>

   
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The militarization of humanitarian aid is of ongoing concern.  The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has been operating in Haiti since 2004.  After the 2010 earthquake, the level of military presence was increased.  MCC’s Haitian partners are wary of the presence of foreign troops in Haiti for a number of reasons.  Read more >>

   
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"In days to come the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it...." Reflecting on Micah 4:1-5, MCC derives three over-riding principles that guide our work in Haiti.  Read more >>

 

 


Photo credits: from top, Melissa Engle/MCC, Ben Depp/MCC, Ben Depp/MCC, Ivy Dawned/flickr, Melissa Engle/MCC