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.
- 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 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.
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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In a report released today, international agency Oxfam said reconstruction of Haiti, two years on from its devastating earthquake, has proceeded “at a snail’s pace” leaving more than half a million Haitians still homeless. Oxfam urged the Haitian government and donor countries to accelerate reconstruction of the country.