Growing Hope in Haiti

One year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti killed more than 230,000 people and left over a million homeless, PCI continues to help families recover and communities rebuild.

“PCI is implementing family-centered, integrated programs in Haiti that not only restore the safety and well-being of the most affected people, but also rebuild safer, healthier, sustainable communities,” said George Guimaraes, PCI’s President & CEO.

PCI is working in five of the poorest and worst-affected areas of urban Port-au-Prince, including the neighborhood of Fort National.

Two months after the earthquake, more than 40,000 residents of Fort National had yet to receive any emergency assistance. Survivors wandered among the rubble and decay without any access to food, water, shelter or other basic necessities. With the support of community partners, PCI has since worked with residents to remove debris; construct a community health clinic; establish programs that prevent the spread of cholera; and improve health, water and sanitation.

PCI created a child-friendly space to provide daily activities that promote the recovery and development of the children remaining in the area. As part of this program, PCI began a community restoration project to teach children the principles of environmental protection and engage them in the reconstruction process.  To date, more than 150 children in Fort National have planted fruit trees and other plants around the vicinity of the child-friendly space. Through this effort, community members are hopeful that Fort National will rebuild from the impacts of the earthquake even better and healthier than before.

Here are some more ways PCI is changing lives in Haiti:

  • To date, PCI has reached more than 100,000 people with health services, training, education and/or counseling, including cholera prevention and management.
  • Over 36,000 people are living in safer and more resilient shelters protected from flooding, winds and other environmental hazards.
  • PCI delivers clean water to 8,000 people daily and has enabled tens of thousands of families to purify their drinking water.
  • PCI has distributed vitally needed supplies that have benefited more than 85,000 people.
  • PCI has helped to immunize over 4,400 children and protected thousands more from violence and other hazards.

PCI’s lifesaving interventions are helping vulnerable families recover and setting communities on a path toward long-term rehabilitation.

PCI featured in Time magazine blog: 
Haiti’s Quake, One Year Later: It’s the Rubble, Stupid!

“Nearby, however, in the Ravine Pintade bidonville, or slum, Emma Labrousse is singing. With an $8 million grant from the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, two American NGOs — Cooperative Housing Foundation International (CHF) and Project Concern International — have helped connect Ravine Pintade to running water, set up a health clinic, installed latrines and built a daycare center. Most important, they’ve rented heavy machinery and employed local workers to extract the tons of rubble choking the bidonville’s entrances and arteries. Kids are playing soccer again, and residents can expect sturdy, temporary housing, or ‘t-shelters,’ in the coming months. ‘We can move around, we feel like the country is turning around,’ says Labrousse, 63, who lost a teenage daughter to the quake but is belting out hymns today inside her tiny local church. ‘We’re living again.'”