Night falls, and one by one, the candles flicker on in the camps – tiny pinpricks of light in a city clad in darkness. As the sun retreats, the muffled cries begin. The women creep deeper into their flimsy shelters of bed sheets and plastic tarps, praying for the morning to come.
Haiti: Through the Lens
Days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, award-winning photojournalist Evelyn Hockstein was sent on assignment to Haiti with CARE. Hear her recount her experience as you watch the photographs she captured in the heart of the disaster zone.
For more than 50 years, CARE has been actively fighting against poverty in Haiti and defending the human dignity of disadvantaged families. At the same time, we have assisted those affected by the frequent natural disasters that have visited Haiti through the years. CARE partners with families, communities and local governments to support sustainable development and improve the quality of life.
When the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, the poor island country was ill-prepared to sustain the consequences of such a devastating event. CARE was there - and today, we are in the fourth year of a five-year, $100 million plan to help Haitians rebuild their lives and communities. We focus on women because their empowerment serves as a catalyst for overall beneficial change in the communities where they reside.
"It happens at night," said Hannah*, who sleeps in a makeshift tent in a crowded camp,"Young men come with weapons and rape the women."
Haiti: One Year Later
January 12th marks the one year anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti. CARE has been helping the Haitian people rebuild their lives by constructing T-shelters, latrines, and hand washing stations in IDP camps.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.
After a one hour drive on tortuous roads outside of Dame Marie, I finally reach "Nan Sapou," a commune of Grande-Anse. Coming out of the car, I am greeted by a vivacious young woman that immediately reminds me of a bee, buzzing back and forth; she can't seem to stay in place, hopping from one foot to another. You see, Alice is a very busy woman. She juggles duties as homemaker, manages her small business … all along with plans to build a house.
The mother of four lost everything she owned. Mireille didn't even have a spoon to feed her children, she says, or a blanket to keep them warm. She relocated to a field with her family. On the luckiest days, they got to sleep under a tree.
Around 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck 10 miles southwest of Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince, and triggered a tsunami warning for the region. A series of aftershocks – more than 30 – measuring 5.0 or greater on the Richter Scale, followed throughout the night and into the morning. The nearby towns of Carrefour and Jacmel and other ares to the west and south of Port-au-Prince also were affected, with the town of Léogâne reported to be 80 percent destroyed.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 23, 2012) - U.S. Congressional staff members traveled with the global poverty-fighting organization CARE on a Learning Tour through Haiti to focus on progress – as well as the economic and social challenges that remain – more than two and a half years after a massive earthquake devastated the country.
PORT-AU-PRINCE (August 27, 2012) – Though damage from Tropical Storm Isaac was less than feared, the global humanitarian organization CARE is working to meet the needs of vulnerable families who were harmed by the storm's heavy rains. CARE is distributing tarps to 1,000 families today in Carrefour, where Isaac has blown off rooftops and caused flooding. A separate distribution will provide shelter materials such as tarps, ropes and nails to an additional 3,000 families living inside and outside of camps.
CARE mounts response in Haiti, where Sandy left 52 dead and thousands homeless
ATLANTA (October 30, 2012) - The international humanitarian and relief organization CARE offers its deepest sympathy to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy, a deadly storm that has brought shared misery to the United States and the Caribbean.
PORT-AU-PRINCE (January 10, 2013) - Three years after a deadly earthquake devastated Haiti, a web of political gridlock, donor fatigue and chaotic property laws continues to stall rebuilding in one of the world's poorest countries. But the humanitarian organization CARE is working to remove another, oft-overlooked barrier lack of participation by women as a way to strengthen recovery efforts and build a better foundation for the future.