Haiti Earthquake - Two Years Later
Two years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, UMCOR and their partners remain at the side of the Haitian people, together rebuilding lives and hope.
Read A letter from Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, UMCOR Deputy General Secretary:
Dear Friends in Christ,
It’s almost hard to believe that two years have passed since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. With the Haitian people, UMCOR fought back tears of loss in those early days as we sought to grasp the enormity of the tragedy and build a comprehensive, integrated response.
Our accompaniment in this disaster began, unwittingly, at the very moment of the earthquake. UMCOR and General Board of Global Ministries executives Sam Dixon, Clinton Rabb, and Jim Gulley were trapped beneath the rubble. Sam and Clinton, like hundreds of thousands of Haitians, died of their wounds; Jim emerged with his life and a commitment to walk with the Haitian survivors, which he does to this day with UMCOR.
During those first crucial months, UMCOR addressed widespread emergencies, distributing food, water, and shelter assistance to hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries. We conducted needs assessments and began to devise immediate and long-term relief and recovery plans in coordination with other international agencies and our chief partner, Eglise Méthodiste d’Haiti (Methodist Church of Haiti, EMH).
In the early recovery phase, which continues today, UMCOR’s work has been facilitated by our strong connections forged over decades of service in Haiti. Together with our partners, UMCOR is advancing work in the fields of education, health and hygiene, shelter and reconstruction, livelihoods, and capacity strengthening. Our regular monitoring and evaluation of UMCOR programs allow us to build on pilot projects, identify and address challenges, and improve our methods and results.
In the pages of this report, you will get a glimpse of this progress and see how UMCOR projects are:
• Providing shelters for families
• Creating education opportunities and rebuilding schools and classrooms
• Increasing access to community-based health and hygiene services
• Improving livelihoods and household income, and
• Rebuilding capacity for sustainable development.
None of this would be possible without the generous support of United Methodists and all people of goodwill who have contributed to UMCOR’s efforts in Haiti. I hope you will continue to journey with us and with the people of Haiti through the long years of recovery work yet to come.
The Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey
UMCOR Deputy General Secretary
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