On August 14, 2021, another massive earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The MI team, which has been working with local partner organizations in Haiti since 2010, was on the ground to help in the crisis region in the very first days. Yolette Etienne has now lived and worked through both of Haiti’s most violent and damaging earthquakes in recent history. And still, “tragedy”, “misfortune” and “catastrophe”, are not words you will find in her lexicon. Driven by deeply personal experiences, she has channeled them into her work as a humanitarian expert, and now as MI Americas’ Country Coordinator in Haiti. Sara Villoresi, Communications Officer at MI Americas in New York spoke with her about humanitarian aid in Haiti and her personal experiences.Read more
When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, 316,000 people died, more than 1 million became homeless and another 1.5 million were injured. Neighborhoods were destroyed, rubble lined the streets, families were separated and hundreds of thousands of lives were lost.
Malteser International has been active in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010. Following initial emergency relief and support with rebuilding efforts, we are now working with partners in the country to build up structural capacity of civil society organizations in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, disaster preparedness, and food security.
Since the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has struggled with natural disasters, epidemics, and political instability that continue to disrupt the country today.
Our projects in Haiti
Reports from Haiti:
Toni Gärtner, Program Manager in the Malteser International emergency relief team, travelled in August to the crisis region with the purpose to support the Malteser team on site.
There he helped with assessing and identifying the acute needs of the affected and how to fulfill these needs in the best efficient manner.
He reports: " From above, looking out of the plane, I thought: Why are we even here, it is not looking too bad. But the moment we landed and the closer we got to the epicentre, the more massive the damage got. I would say that in some places up to 90 percent of the buildings were in complete destroyed."Read more
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