The 2010 Haiti Earthquake: 7 Years Later
On January 12th, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti causing unimaginable loss of life and property. With 80% of the country’s population living below the poverty line, the earthquake left the country reeling. Education suffered greatly in the aftermath in what the Minister of Education at the time, Joel Jean-Pierre, called “the total collapse of the Haitian education system.” Children studied in dilapidated shells of their former schools, tents, or open air. Many were at risk for dropping out altogether.
We responded to the disaster by rebuilding 13 schools in earthquake-affected areas, serving more than 6800 children annually. At Ecole Charles Moravia, below, children are now learning in a safe, resilient school and preparing for their bright futures.
Happy Hearts Fund remains active in the region, and we are now preparing to rebuild schools after Hurricane Matthew which hit the country’s southwest coast 3 months ago. According to UNICEF, 490,000 children in the area have had their education disrupted due to the crisis.
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