Families are Beginning to Live Again, Four Years after Haiti Quake

Christella, 14, who lives in Grand Boulage, Haiti, now has access to clean drinking water that's being pumped from a well provided by Food For The Poor donors. Many in rural Haiti must go to great lengths to collect water for their families from streams that may be contaminated by animal waste, parasites and other harmful bacteria. Since the 2010 earthquake, Food For The Poor has installed 71 water filtration units that purify 710,000 gallons of water each day, and drilled 257 water wells. Together, these projects provide a safe water source for more than a million people.
Christella, 14, who lives in Grand Boulage, Haiti, now has access to clean drinking water that's being pumped from a well provided by Food For The Poor donors. Since the 2010 earthquake, Food For The Poor has installed 71 water filtration units that purify 710,000 gallons of water each day, and drilled 257 water wells. Together, these projects provide a safe water source for more than a million people.

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2014) – Making the transition from surviving to living has not been easy for those who endured the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but it is happening.

Lucienne, 39, and her four children are one of those families. They were forced to live in a tent city after the earthquake destroyed their home, a small business and presumably claimed the life of her husband, who has not been seen since the earthquake. Today, Lucienne and her children have a new life, a new home, and new dreams – thanks to Food For The Poor and its generous donors.

“As the fourth anniversary of the earthquake approaches, and the world remembers the more than 250,000 people killed on that fateful day, it is equally important to remember the survivors,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “With the help of compassionate donors, the lives of thousands are being impacted in a positive way, thanks to Food For The Poor and a number of great organizations that are committed to helping the people of Haiti to rebuild their lives and homeland.”

The international relief and development organization Food For The Poor began working in Haiti in 1986. With nearly 28 years of faithful service within the country, the organization has been able to work efficiently and continuously towards the earthquake recovery effort.

Since the 2010 earthquake, Food For The Poor has:

  • Built 4,364 permanent two-room concrete block homes with water and sanitation components.
  • Built and restored 30 schools in the Port-au-Prince region.
  • Shipped 4,076 containers of gifts in kind and purchased items, including rice/soy meals, medicine, medical supplies, school and dorm furniture, tile, shoes, hygiene items, household items, cleaning supplies, and construction supplies.
  • Installed 71 water filtration units that purify 710,000 gallons of clean water each day, and drilled a total of 257 wells.
  • Signed an agreement with Haiti’s Fonds d’Assistance Economique et Sociale (Fund for Economic and Social Assistance) to build 1,000 homes in the northern corridor with earthquake and hurricane resistant materials.

An estimated 1.3 million were left homeless after the earthquake in 2010. Even though housing conditions have improved, today there are more than 170,000 Haitians still living under tents in hundreds of camps according to the (IOM) International Organization for Migration. These camps are dehumanizing, dangerous and are a breeding ground for waterborne diseases.

Food For The Poor is committed to building sturdy and secure homes for as many families in need as possible, supplying communities and schools with a clean water source.

Click here to meet some of the people you’ve helped and to continue your ongoing support in the recovery effort. 

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

Wanda Wright

Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6079
wandaw@foodforthepoor.com