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Caritas is staying on to help the people of Haiti rebuild

Time has passed since Haiti’s devastating earthquake of January 12th 2010. But Haitians – already the poorest people in the northern hemisphere – will never forget how their lives and livelihoods were crushed by the rubble. They are still battling to recover. Caritas is standing with them. It had worked in Haiti for decades before the earthquake and will remain.

Caritas Haiti works in partnership with other Caritas members such as Caritas Spain, Caritas Czech, Caritas Switzerland, Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands) and Trócaire from Ireland. Catholic Relief Services from the USA is rebuilding Haiti’s best hospital while developing a model medical training system. The Caritas regional organization for Latin America and the Caribbean is successfully supporting Caritas Haiti in strengthening its capacity.

Working in the hardest hit communities, Caritas builds safer schools alongside homes and clinics which are resistant to earthquakes and hurricanes. It uses local materials and fully consults communities so their voices are properly heard. Caritas works in the most difficult areas of Haiti, educating people on how to avoid the plague of cholera and how to rehabilitate their land to lessen the impact of frequent hurricanes.


  • Remembering Haiti’s heroes

Remembering Haiti’s heroes

  • 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

Rebuilding Haiti five years after earthquake

  • 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

CRS working for a prosperous and independent Haiti

  • 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.


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