In recent years, Haiti has suffered much through political instability and natural disasters, notably the January 2010 earthquake that destroyed a significant portion of the capital Port-au-Prince and is estimated to have caused more than 200,000 deaths. It also destroyed much of the Catholic infrastructure in the archdiocese of Port-au-Prince and the diocese of Jacmel. The reconstruction costs to repair Catholic buildings were estimated to be in excess of $150 million USD.
After the 2010 earthquake, the bishops held a special collection for earthquake assistance in every diocese in the United States. Catholics in the United States were extraordinarily generous, giving more than $85 million in a single weekend. With those funds, Catholic Relief Services provided humanitarian relief supplying food, water, medical aid and temporary housing to the victims of the earthquake.
- The Community Health and AIDS Mitigation Project (CHAMP) increases integrated care and support services among families that are affected by and vulnerable to HIV. The program offers livelihood support through savings-led microfinance, business training and linkages to work opportunities.
- The Community Resettlement and Recovery Program (CRRP) is an integrated urban community development program with shelter, sanitation and livelihoods components. CRRP has been working with local partners since 2010 in five communities.
- Using paper and electronic voucher systems, the Grand-Anse Recovery and Relief Program (GRRP) works with community civil-protection committees and local authorities to provide emergency rations of food to highly vulnerable households.
- The Mountains to Markets (M2M) program helps households improve both their income and the environment through the coffee and mango value chains.
- Two local partners implement the Northeast Microfinance Initiative, a savings-led microfinance program.
- Shoulders Together is a multisector food security program reaching 135,000 direct beneficiaries per year. The livelihood component includes savings-led microfinance, sustainable production and watershed protection.
- Watersheds for Well-Being (B4B) supports households to increase their resilience through watershed protection and improved management of water for productive and domestic use.
- Read stories from Haiti: http://crs.org/haiti/stories/
- View a map of CRS' livelihood programs in Haiti: http://www.crsprogramquality.org/storage/pubs/general/livelihood_programs_haiti.pdf