Haiti: A Look Five Years Later



On January 12, 2010, a devastating 7.0 earthquake rocked the country of Haiti, causing massive damage, taking an estimated 300,000 lives, and leaving more than one million people homeless in one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. In the midst of the chaos, The Salvation Army was there serving those in need immediately after the earthquake hit. The Army has been serving in Haiti since 1950.


With the help of supporters, The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) has had the privilege to work side by side with The Salvation Army Haiti to help the people survivors recover and rebuild. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, 8 million meals were served. 30,000 clinic visits were provided. Shelters were opened. Medical care was provided for more than 30,000 patients, and shelter and hygiene support for 20,000 people living homeless in the Place de la Paix square.


In the initial nine months of emergency response after the disaster, The Salvation Army used their resources to feed and house, provide medical care, clean water, and security to hundreds of thousands of individuals and families.


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