October 14, 2016

World Food Day: Food for All?

By |14 October 2016|

World Food Day this 16 October reminds the world again of the imperative to free humanity from hunger. Yet, today’s reality leaves us with a sense of deep discouragement.

Hurricane-hit Haiti appeal

By |7 October 2016|

Caritas is launching an international appeal for 250,000 euros for hurricaine-hit Haiti. Over 15,500 people fled their homes and 350,000 need help.

Hurricane Matthew in Haiti ‘catastrophic’

By |4 October 2016|

Hurricane Matthew is battering the Caribbean nation with high winds, heavy rains and storm surges. The government has declared a state of red alert. “The effect of the hurricane in the south of Haiti is catastrophic,” said Fr Jean-Hervé François, director of Caritas Haiti.

January 8, 2016

Remembering Haiti’s heroes

By |8 January 2016|

Ambassador Ken Hackett, the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, remembers the Haiti earthquake 6 years ago when was with Catholic Relief Services.

Rebuilding Haiti five years after earthquake

By |9 January 2015|

On 12 January 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti. In less than one minute, almost half of the homes in Port-au-Prince and its surroundings were reduced to dust. An outpouring of generosity by Catholics worldwide meant that Caritas could both respond to immediate needs and rebuild for the long term.

CRS working for a prosperous and independent Haiti

By |9 January 2015|

Catholic Relief Services (a US member of the Caritas confederation) has been working in Haiti for 50 years. The morning after the 12th January 2010 earthquake, CRS staff members who had lived through the disaster themselves were aiding survivors.

Five years after Haiti earthquake

By |5 January 2015|

The Haiti earthquake was one of the biggest emergencies Caritas has ever dealt with. Over 300,000 people died as a result of the massive tremor and over a million people were without a home.

December 19, 2012

Haiti faces the future

By |19 December 2012|

Bishop Pierre Dumas, president of Caritas Haiti, says education, care for the environment and the protection of people’s socio-economic rights are essential to helping Haiti move forward and flourish following its devastating earthquake.

Lovely to have a new home

By |19 December 2012|

During Haiti’s earthquake more than a million people lost their homes and the demand for emergency shelter was enormous. Cordaid (a Dutch member of the Caritas confederation) made it one of their long-term priorities to provide people with earthquake- and hurricane-proof housing.

Prayer for Haiti three year after

By |14 December 2012|

On a recent visit to Caritas Internationalis in Rome, Bishop Pierre Dumas, president of Caritas Haiti, offered this prayer for his fellow Haitians who are still suffering following the 2010 earthquake.
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    In Haiti’s Port-au-Prince, Cordaid is helping communities to reinvent their neighbourhoods

In Haiti’s Port-au-Prince, Cordaid is helping communities to reinvent their neighbourhoods

By |23 December 2011|

Around 100 families like Bénisette's have benefited from Cordaid's assistance in rebuilding or repairing their houses. Henk Meijerink is head of the shelter building programme at Cordaid. "More than 2,000 families are affected in Villa Rosa.

Haiti two years after the earthquake

By |23 December 2011|

In Haiti, two years after the earthquake of 12 January 2010, Caritas Confederation members are keeping up their efforts to help the people affected by the disaster. The earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, caused 230,000 deaths and affected more than three million people by destroying up to 90% of infrastructures in the hardest hit areas. The generosity of people from around the world has enabled Caritas to set up dozens of projects that have played a part in rebuilding the country and improving the living conditions of Haiti's most disadvantaged people. After giving immediate assistance to the people affected by the earthquake (distribution of food, hygiene kits and essential items, as well as provision of temporary shelter), Caritas members have turned their attention to more long-term aid projects. Caritas members have intervened in various areas of activity. Of course, thousands of homes have been rebuilt, which as Caritas Haiti [...]

Rebuilding rural housing in Haiti

By |23 December 2011|

Cap Rouge, a small town in a remote rural area, is perched on a humid plateau around 10 kilometres from Jacmel, which is considered to be the major town in south-eastern Haiti. After the earthquake in January 2010, VEDEK, a farmers' organisation that is very active in the area, counted more than 500 damaged houses there, of which half had been completely destroyed. Therefore, VEDEK and PAPDA (Haitian Platform to Advocate Alternative Development) set up an extensive project to rebuild 100 houses and 20 cisterns in order to restore water access to affected households. The project was based on the expertise of CRAterre, an organisation specialising in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of traditional houses. Secours Catholique and CRaterre are joint signatories of a manifesto advocating the promotion of local building practices as a response to reconstruction programmes. A process of repairing and improving housing that incorporates local know-how and new construction [...]

Quenching the rice fields’ thirst in Haiti

By |23 December 2011|

Fednor, a farmer, is preparing what will soon be the main source of food for his family – a rice field. In Joque, in the province of Les Cayes, rice growing is the most common agricultural activity. The rice fields extend along each side of the road and provide a living for the majority of households in the area. There's no machinery here; everything is done by hand. Fednor is up to his knees in mud. Equipped with an old spade, he's digging the rice field and hopes to see a crop growing soon that will enable him to feed his family and earn a little money. He's surrounded by other busy members of the community. Men and women are all working together on building a project that will change their lives. A break is arranged to meet the community and get an idea of what they're doing. "Without water there's no [...]

Schools reopen in Haiti after 2010 Earthquake

By |23 December 2011|

"When the school collapsed, what was essential was finding the children. The rest was just material,” said Sr. Josette Drouinaud of the Mère Delia Institute for primary and secondary school girls in the bustling Delmas neighbourhood of the Port-au-Prince. When the earthquake of 12 January struck Haiti, the primary school crumbled. The students had finished classes for the day thankfully and none were inside the building. A flood of parents arrived at the collapsed school to make sure the Sisters had survived. "They were worried about us, as well," she said. Two years later, Development and Peace (Caritas Canada) is helping Sr. Drouinaud’s congregation rebuild a new school for a better future for the children. By March, the primary school had managed to re-open by sharing space with the secondary school, improvising classes under trees in the schoolyard and eventually installing large tents that house up to 70 students at a time. The [...]

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