Haiti Earthquake

Haiti: Quake survivor builds a shelter
A woman digs with a machete as she builds a temporary home in a spontaneous camp for quake survivors being established in Croix-des-Bouguets, Haiti, north of the capital Port-au-Prince. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Having worked in partnership in Haiti since 1954, CWS was well-positioned to respond to the January 12, 2010, earthquake that devastated the already fragile country.

Within 24 hours of the disaster, CWS and its partners began providing basic supplies, prepositioned in the Dominican Republic, which continued in the form of water, food, temporary shelter and health assistance.

CWS also expanded support for 13 food cooperatives in the Northwest and Artibonite regions of the country, which are strong by being well-managed and governed. At the "Hand in Hand" cooperative, for example, members develop plots, pooling their resources to buy seeds and land, and growing crops for coop members and for sale.

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