Haiti

Robesia Degazon was able to build a new home using money she saved through a CRS-supported community savings program. Photo by Benjamin Depp for CRS

Robesia Degazon was able to build a new home using money she saved through a CRS-supported community savings program. Photo by Benjamin Depp for CRS

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent of Haitians living on less than two dollars a day. Haiti's poverty is exacerbated by the needs of a large population and by political and socioeconomic instability.

The dire situation in Haiti was worsened by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January, 2010, which decimated the country's already decaying infrastructure. About 230,000 people died, and nearly 2 million Haitians were displaced.

Catholic Relief Services has served in Haiti since 1954. Our experience there allowed us to respond to the earthquake immediately and has positioned us to be a key development resource as the country recovers.

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Stats

Population:9,893,934 (July 2013 est.)
Size:10,714 sq mi; about the size of Maryland
People Served:1,352,783

History

Catholic Relief Services began working in Haiti in 1954 after Hurricane Hazel devastated the country and killed about 1,000 people. High population density, severe deforestation and decaying infrastructure make Haiti the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, particularly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. CRS Haiti is committed to helping the Haitian people in many aspects of their lives. In Haiti, CRS responds to emergencies, provides agriculture assistance, supports education and works to enhance the health care system throughout the country.

Partners

Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince

Programs

Agriculture
Education
Disaster Response
Health
HIV and AIDS
Microfinance
Safety Net
Water and Sanitation
Other


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