Haiti

As a single mum, Rosite had it tough in Haiti before the 2010 earthquake but the disaster made matters far worse.

Her home was flattened by the tremors and within minutes Rosite and her three children were left homeless in the isolated mountain community of Barriere Jeudi, a couple of hours from the earthquake’s epicentre. 

The search for shelter and security became Rosite’s top priority and meant she had to give up selling cooked food, her main source of income.

Goat giveaway

Rosite’s vulnerability made her a prime case for support from Tearfund and she was enrolled in our livelihood support programme. She was given goats which through breeding and selling the offspring provide vital income, enabling her to begin rebuilding her home and to pay for her children’s education.

‘My situation is changing now with these goats. They’ll help me a lot,’ said Rosite.

Altogether 2,026 goats have been distributed by Tearfund to vulnerable Haitians, more than half of them women. Tearfund worked with 500 women like Rosite, many living in very isolated communities that had been severely affected by the earthquake. The women also took part in training on goat-rearing  and how to be prepared for disasters.

Single mum Rosite has benefited from a Tearfund programme to boost the livelihoods of vulnerable people. Photo: Kristie van de Wetering/Tearfund

Back to school

Getting Haiti’s children back to school quickly was a key part of Tearfund’s post-quake response.

So we built 118 disaster-resistant transitional classrooms at 40 schools, supplied furniture and provided 32,000 school bags for returning children. Permanent schools were put up too, built to higher standards so they were more able to withstand future earthquakes.

‘We used to have classes in the open air with no shelter from the rain,’ said school teacher Elidonne Augustin at the Ecole Nouvelle Vie de Demier near Citronnier, proudly surveying the new primary school built by Tearfund which has four classrooms, a latrine block and a rainwater collection tank.


Getting Haiti’s children back to school quickly was a key part of Tearfund’s post-quake response.

Cholera

When a cholera outbreak swept across Haiti and claimed thousands of lives, the need for health education and basic water and sanitation infrastructure became starker than ever. 

With support from Tearfund partners, we reached 120,000 adults and children in three provinces, raising awareness of the disease and providing water purification products.

A little history ... 

A history of slavery, exploitation and dictatorship has paved the way for Haiti to become the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Before the 2010 earthquake, 77 per cent of the ten million population of Haiti were living in poverty. 

The disaster entrenched that as well as claiming 300,000 lives and destroying 293,000 homes. Tearfund has been working in Haiti for three decades.

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