Rebuilding Haiti: Where We Stand

It’s been nearly two years since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010.

man sitting on floor of damaged home

In the months following the disaster, we received lots of donations to help rebuild and support the families and children affected. In all, we received over $30 million.

After receiving the donations, we began work on 21 strategies to address Haiti’s needs. Some of these needs were more immediate, while others are longer-term strategies.

Needs varied from food, temporary shelters, trauma counseling and medical care, to rebuilding Implementing Church Partner (ICP) buildings and income generation projects.

We still have four strategies in process or ongoing to maintain the support and needs of our ICPs, children, and their families.

  1. Pastor Encouragement and Vision Casting: Post trauma counseling training for pastors of church partners and non-church partners, as well as hosting a conference on integrity, justice, and stewardship for Haitian leaders as they rebuild.
  2. Child Protection: Provide school fee assistance, prosthesis and physical therapy, as well as monthly support for more highly vulnerable children.
  3. Income Generation: Provide training and opportunities for parents and caregivers of our beneficiaries to begin or expand a business, which improves their economic position and provides jobs within the community.
  4. ICP Facilities Reconstruction: We have faced some challenges that have delayed reconstruction but have identified solutions allowing us to build, safe, seismically sound facilities for our church partners.
    • Quality Building Blocks: All blocks to rebuild the ICPs failed quality testing. We identifed a vendor to produce blocks that met the strength test needed for construction that is seismically acceptable.
    • man next to stacks of cement blocks
    • Qualified Engineers: We could not find engineers in Haiti who knew and understood how to build according to seismic codes, so we had to recruit trainers from El Salvador to oversee the building of each ICP and closely monitor each step of the building process.
    • Design and Budget:The original design the team of engineers produced exceeded the allowable budget for the rebuild project. This set the project back three months.
    • Pace of Building: We can only build one ICP at a time due to the close supervision and training needed for the Haitian construction team by the El Salvadorian trainers. Our plan is to increase building to two to three ICP facilities at the same time once an expanded number of construction teams have been trained and can demonstrate skill and adherence to acceptable building standards.

As we receive information on the progress of these efforts we will publish more updates.

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  1. David January 6, 2012

    By the end of calendar 2011, over 250 businesses had been funded through the Income Generation project, creating jobs for almost 1500 people, and giving hope and encouragement to families devastated by the earthquake.

  2. MARCKEL November 5, 2011

    Compassion has always been out standing! When most ONG’s are busy cashing and rapping the poor Haitians, compassion stands in integrity together with my people to better their living conditions. Do not be discourage and you’ll be rewarded in due time. Keep up with the great work and I’ll continue to support you!

    Marckel Lubin

  3. Tanya November 4, 2011

    May God continue to richly bless you in the work that you are doing in Haiti (and all around the globe, as well…)
    Thank you for keeping us informed with how the progress goes.

  4. Gail November 3, 2011

    Thanks for the update. It’s a sign of Compassion’s integrity that you report back on how our donations are being spent and you explain the roadblocks and delays.

    Haiti is still in our prayers.

  5. Brian K. Hill November 3, 2011

    It seems painful the time involved to build. But this really is a blessing-Gods timing will allow the Haitian engineers time to learn the right way to build so future events will not be so devastating. May the Lord bless the work of your hands and theirs.

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