Haiti earthquake 2010

Photo: Pablo Tosco

Thanks to the determination of the Haitian people and their government, and the generosity of the public and governments around the world, a lot of progress has been made. However major challenges remain to rebuild Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake and overturn decades of neglect.

Approximately 358,000 people are still living in over 500 camps scattered around Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas. Their access to basic services, such as sanitation, health care and education is very limited and they are extremely vulnerable to any future shocks. 

Our response:

  • Oxfam responded quickly after the devastating earthquake in 2010. We supported more than 1.2 million victims of the earthquake and cholera epidemic.
  • In 2010, we provided water and sanitation facilities to 400,000 people in 123 camps.
  • With support from a local partner, Aprosifa, we also helped more than 41,800 households with essential materials. We gave tarpaulins, tents and family kits to 94,000 people while advocating for the protection of women in camps, more respect of rights of displaced people against forced evictions, and a better reconstruction process, giving voice to Haitians.
  • In 2011, we supported 532,000 people as part of our earthquake response.

Five years after the earthquake

Five years after the earthquake, a Haitian community leader explains why disaster preparedness requires a grassroots approach.

An ongoing response

Beyond meeting the immediate needs of people, Oxfam is advocating that long-term reconstruction must focus on four key areas:

  • Support for Haitian farmers and small business
  • Ensuring poor areas benefit from cash grants to speed economic recovery
  • Support for civil society and the Haitian government
  • Building back better with earthquake proof buildings and alternative fuel sources to reduce deforestation.
Marceline, Sabine and David in their temporary shelter at the Coraille relocation camp. Photo: Jane Beesley.
Marceline, Sabine and David in their temporary shelter at the Coraille relocation camp where Oxfam is also providing water, sanitation and public health activities.


As the response continues, Oxfam will work to make sure we reach those least able to protect themselves in this emergency, such as women, girls, the elderly and disabled.

Thank you

Oxfam wishes to thank everyone who gave generously to the Haiti appeal. With your help and support we have been able to respond successfully to one of the most devastating humanitarian crises in recent times.


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Five years after the Haiti earthquake

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Five years after the earthquake, a Haitian community leader explains why disaster preparedness requires a grassroots approach.

With grease and wrenches

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Agathe Nougaret is an Urban Planner who's been living and working in Haiti since December 2010. She shares her experiences of the earthquake three years on.

Latest stories

March 15, 2011

Richard Atkinson, Finance Manager for Oxfam in Port-au-Prince writes about a trip to see our humanitarian response work in Corail camp where Oxfam is responsible for providing water and sanitation to two camps sections.

July 9, 2010

For the 5000 people now living in Coraille camp 15km outside Port-au-Prince, life is certainly more comfortable and easier than in the months after the earthquake. Oxfam and other NGOs are supporting the people in the camp with a range of basic services such as shelter, water, latrines and food. The camp is designated as a temporary relocation site, but nobody knows how long people will live here.

July 9, 2010

Marie Carole Boursiquot was one of 56 women who ran Oxfam’s first community canteens in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake. Oxfam supported her financially so she could feed 80 of the most vulnerable people in her community and make a profit as a first step to regaining her own means of subsistence.

You can help with future emergencies

Oxfam aims to respond immediately to humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters, but we can only do this if we have funds ready when they are needed. You can help: