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.
- 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
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Haiti: We met our Nike challenge!
Yesterday, Nike generously offered us $25,000 to match donations to our Haiti Earthquake Fund. We met this match in record time — thanks to all who contributed!
Haiti: Getting water to survivors
Haiti: Lighting a candle for Haiti
The crowd grew. Candles lit children's faces. A Haitian-American woman stood up and started to to talk about the earthquake. She lamented that she had not been able to contact her family and had no idea if any of them were alive. She choked up, and couldn’t continue as grief overwhelmed her.
Haiti: Meet our Haiti response team
The first members of our emergency-response team are headed to the quake zone, where they'll quickly assess needs and begin delivering relief to affected families.
Haiti: Ready to lead
There just aren’t that many people as qualified to lead an emergency response team as Richard Jacquot. And today, Mercy Corps is counting on him to lead our disaster relief and recovery efforts in earthquake-struck Haiti.
Haiti: Satellite images of the destruction
Here are three satellite images that detail the scale of the destruction in Port-au-Prince. The images include the National Palace, Downtown Port-au-Prince and Sylvio Cator Stadium.
Haiti: Humanitarian veteran Jenny Vaughan prepares to depart for Haiti
One of our Boston-based staff, Jenny Vaughan, is headed to Haiti first thing Thursday morning as part of Mercy Corps' earthquake response team. Jenny has been with Mercy Corps for two years and is currently working with our Conflict Management program.
Haiti: Scrambling to help Haiti
I've been on the phone for most of the last three hours figuring out the best way we can respond to the news in Haiti.