Haiti Earthquake

Nov 17, 2016 by Chris Meehan

From Aid to Trade in Haiti

In 2010 an earthquake devastated Haiti and left nearly 3 million people in need.

Nov 9, 2016 by Leanne Geisterfer

Thankfulness and Sorrow

Like the psalmist, we often have mixed emotions of thankfulness for God’s provision, and sorrow about current events. That was true of the past couple of months.

Apr 1, 2015 by Lunise Cerin-Jules

Remembering the Earthquake

As part of the remembrance, we interviewed two beneficiaries who are active community leaders in Leogane: Jean Fichet and Jean Louis Mevoir. This is the best way we can share with you the impact of our work and how we face the memory of this disaster in Haiti.

Jan 12, 2015 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Haiti Earthquake: Five Years Later

For Jean Fichet and Jean Louis Mevoir today is a bitter sweet day. Like their 10 million Haitian neighbors, the memories of the quake that rocked their country five years ago are still vivid and fresh in their minds. They mourn all that this tragedy entailed, but also celebrate the success that they’ve seen as those in the country have worked to rebuild their lives.

Jan 6, 2014 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Earthquake Response in Haiti Concludes After Four Years

“My heart is heavy because I will be leaving a country that became my second home, a team that I considered my family, and a community of people that touched my life so much,” said Jeff Cosico, World Renew’s Livelihoods Program Manager in Haiti.

Jan 6, 2014 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Earthquake Response in Haiti Concludes After Four Years

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of people across the United States, Canada, and Europe, World Renew was blessed to carry out a $19 million dollar response that included 21 wells, 1,400 toolkits, 3,500 tarps, 2 water filtration systems, 3,425 earthquake and hurricane-resistant homes, 800 latrines, 2,166 goats, 17 seed banks, 180,000 tree seedlings, trauma counseling, and much more.

Jan 11, 2013 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Haiti Earthquake: Three Years Later

This week marks the third anniversary of the massive earthquake that killed over 200,000 people and left more than 1.5 million homeless in Haiti in January 2010.

Sep 13, 2012 by Lunise Cerin-Jules

God’s Love Stretches Way Beyond Our Expectations

At the mayor’s office gate, I was relieved to see an orderly line of men and women waiting to meet with World Renew staff. But suddenly, the reason for my worries found its justification: An angry young man, with a small group of people gathering around him, was expressing concern about the resettlement to rental housing where we would assist the families with transition costs. Once in the office, I found the mayor’s representative, Monsieur Winshell, waiting for me. Together, we decided to talk with the angry man outside. Both Winshell and I could relate to the displaced people living across the street from World Renew’s offices—we had also been victims of the disaster. Winshell lost his wife, children, and house in the earthquake. We were ready to hear and understand, no matter what the man’s concern was.

Jan 10, 2012

A Look at Haiti Two Years After the Quake

“The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC)’s response to the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010 has impacted many more lives and garnered much more resources than anyone on CRWRC’s International Disaster Response team could have anticipated,” said Ken Little, CRWRC Senior Project Manager for International Disaster Response, on the eve of the two year anniversary of this tragic event. “The response has been broad and complex, but has always been seen through the lens of the families and communities whose lives were torn apart. God has been, and continues to be faithful.” In the early days after the earthquake, CRWRC and the other Christian Reformed Church agencies worked under the umbrella of Sous Espwa ("Source of Hope") with their local partners. Through the generous support of churches and individuals in North America, they responded to the immediate emergency needs with food assistance, water, and temporary shelter.

Jan 1, 2012

A Compass for My Life

“I was about nine or ten years old when CRWRC came to my hometown of Pignon,” said 42 year-old Christian Jean-Pierre. The Haitian man now lives in the Leogane area of Haiti, where his path crossed with CRWRC’s earthquake response team in 2011. As he talked with CRWRC staff, his love for CRWRC and the impact that the organization had on his life was easily apparent. “I am from a blended family of 18 children,” he began. “My own mother had 10 children: five boys and five girls. I also had eight half siblings. My family was poor and their livelihood depended on agriculture.” In fact, Jean-Pierre’s family resembled many others in the remote, rural community of Pignon. They made their living on a small plot of land and while they worked hard, they still struggled to meet all their needs. CRWRC began working in Haiti in 1975 and came to Pignon soon after.