5 Years of Reconstruction in Haiti
On January 12th, 2010 disaster struck the caribbean nation of Haiti. A massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just 10 miles outside of the nation’s capital and largest city – Port Au Prince. Due to the high magnitude of the earthquake and the lack of disaster proof building construction, Haiti was completely devastated by this event. It’s estimated that nearly 3 million people were impacted and as many as 230,000 people lost their lives.
Just over a year after this tragic event, in May 2011, Happy Hearts Fund opened it’s first reconstructed school in Haiti. Our team knows that the longer a child stays out of school, the more likely it is that they will not return and the more vulnerable they become. Also, By providing the opportunity for students to return to school, we are also providing them with an outlet to help address loss, depression and desperation that can take hold in the heart of children following is natural disaster. These are some of the reasons that we know that education cannot wait and we made it our mission close the gap period between when emergency response is complete and there is complete reconstruction.
In the years after our first school, Happy Hearts Fund has continued our mission to return children to school by building a total of 7 schools bringing a total of 1610 students back to safe-resilient schools that will withstand future disaster.
These 7 schools include 5 computer labs, 3 schools with solar panels, and a music program sponsored by our Helping Hearts Council.
But the need in Haiti is not yet met. There are still many more children without a safe school to attend. For this reason we are continuing to support proactive communities and will rebuild 5 more safe-resilient schools in 2015.
On the 5 year anniversary of this tragic event, we would like to take the time to thank all of our supporters for their continued contributions to our schools in Haiti as well as our program partners Digicel, Prodev, and IDB that we work with on the ground in Haiti in a joint effort to rebuild schools.