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: Isaac update: Safety nets working in storm's wake
As we've watched what became Hurricane Isaac batter the U.S. Gulf coast, the importance of a strengthened infrastructure and emergency plan is incredibly clear.
Haiti: Assessing needs in Isaac's wake
Tropical Storm Isaac hit Haiti early Saturday with torrential rains and high winds. Mercy Corps is assessing humanitarian needs in St. Marc and Arcahaie as a result of the storm, and coordinating with other agencies and local authorities on a possible response.
Haiti: Bringing trees back to the mountains
Farmer Selina Marie (right) carries tree saplings to plant throughout her farm, high in the mountainous community of Sibase.
Haiti: Farmers digging deep to repair the land
Haiti is a land stripped bare.
Haiti: Tuning into youth
We may not be the Sesame Street Workshop, but here in Haiti, the Mercy Corps team has been busy producing a locally-made educational television program for kids.
Haiti: Youth celebrate Soccer for Life
A few kids take it easy during Mercy Corps' Foutbol pou Lavi ("Soccer for Life") activities, which started last December.
Haiti: Female entrepreneurs bounce back
Haiti is a land of micro-entrepreneurs. In every town, on every street, shopkeepers, traders and craftsmen are working hard to provide their communities with the essential goods and services of daily life — and in so doing, lift their own families from poverty.
Haiti: Youthful views: National Geographic photo camp
For six days last month, 18 Haitian youth came together for a Mercy Corps and National Geographic photo camp in Port-au-Prince.
Haiti: Protecting small business owners in Haiti
Haiti: Two years later: What we've accomplished
We've reached more than 1.1 million people in Haiti since the earthquake on January 12, 2010. The people of Haiti never gave up and neither did we.