The January 2010 earthquake dealt a tragic blow to a country where 55 percent of the population already lived below a poverty line of $1 a day. Still struggling to rebuild, many families have no means to support themselves. Harmful environmental practices have also damaged the country's vital agricultural land, decreasing production and leading to increased food insecurity.
Transition from emergency assistance to long-term support that helps rural communities, entrepreneurs and youth to build a stronger, more resilient country.
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- Emergency response: Reached more than 1 million people with emergency supplies, clean water, cholera prevention, psycho-social support and temporary jobs immediately after the January 2010 earthquake
- Economic opportunity: Increasing incomes for vulnerable families and young people by helping them start businesses, get vocational training, access savings and loan associations, and connect with larger markets for their products
- Agriculture & Food: Promoting conservation farming techniques and helping farmers diversify their gardens with high-value crops to increase profits and build food security
- Environment: Promoting clean energy technologies and land conservation in rural communities to rehabilitate degraded land, maintain fertile soil and reduce damage from natural disasters
- Disaster preparedness: Training local risk management committees to better identify risk and manage emergency response needs
- Population (2014 est.): 9.9 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 168 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 2010
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Haiti: Teacher to teacher, school to school November 9, 2010
Bonjou! My husband and I arrived in Port-au-Prince's international airport yesterday. The original structure has deep cracks and rubble-filled rooms visible by the new parallel hallway that leads arriving passengers to the new terminal.
Haiti: Using art as a vehicle to help Haiti November 8, 2010
Haiti: How we're helping families in Haiti's rural villages November 5, 2010
I arrived in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday of this week, just ahead of Tomas, the tropical storm that just passed through Haiti today.
Haiti: Haiti under red alert, Tomas likely to arrive as hurricane November 4, 2010
Today Mercy Corps' Haiti team continued to help ready camps and communities for the arrival of a possible hurricane tonight. Now, along with the Haitian government and other aid agencies, Mercy Corps is responding to three emergencies: earthquake, cholera and storm.
Haiti: Tropical Storm Tomas headed toward Haiti November 1, 2010
Mercy Corps' water and sanitation team is out in Port-au-Prince camps today with two messages: how to prevent the spread of cholera, and how to prepare for tropical storm Tomas, which is currently headed toward Haiti and may strengthen into a hurricane at the end of the week.
Haiti: Moving Forward through sports in Haiti October 29, 2010
Guivens Cemervil (at the head of the table) trains local youth workers in the Moving Forward sports program in Port-au-Prince in July. Mercy Corps has trained 55 mentors from 23 local organizations to hold their own sports programs for six months.
Haiti: Getting the word out on cholera October 29, 2010
For the last two days I've been out with Mercy Corps' Haiti team, which has been visiting communities in both Port-au-Prince and the Center Department to ensure they have the information they need about cholera: how to prevent it and treat it.
Haiti: Ready, Steady, Yo! October 28, 2010
Over the weekend of October 16, the third annual “Artisans en Fête” (Artisans Festival) took place in Port-au-Prince. The two-day fair attracted more than 200 artisans that came from all corners of Haiti, presenting wares such as arts, crafts, regional beverages, foods and clothing.
Haiti: Celebrating a success in Haiti October 26, 2010
In Haiti, as might be expected, nothing ever comes easy. Here, the simplest of activities become a challenge and the best laid plans can go awry, which means that introducing something new and different can take on a whole new degree of uncertainty.
Haiti: A new Haiti emergency: Cholera October 25, 2010
I arrived to Haiti last week in time to see another emergency unfold: people dying with symptoms that pointed to cholera — diarrhea and vomiting leading to severe dehydration.