Last year’s hurricane: Haiti cleaned up and moved on
In the beginning of September 2008, Haiti was hit by two hurricanes which killed thousands, left tens of thousands homeless, and threatened the lives and livelihoods of millions more. Mudslides and flooded rivers buried entire towns beneath as much as 15 feet of water and left over 15 million cubic meters of mud behind.
Haiti was ill prepared to cope. It’s the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Three-quarters of the population live on less than US $2 a day and a fifth of children are malnourished.
Caritas launched appeals for the immediate relief and a longer-term reconstruction effort. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Caritas could provide food rations, clean up schools and homes, help people build shelters, and provide scholarships to children so they could go to school.
These are stories of Caritas beneficiaries and two photo galleries from Haiti one year later:
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