Five Years Later

Over the last five years, CARE has transitioned from post-earthquake emergency relief to programming aimed at addressing the underlying causes of poverty. 

Impact Update

Building Back Safer, Stronger Five Years After The Haiti Earthquake.

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.

Watch This!

On the one year anniversary of the earthquake, we made this video to show off the work we'd been doing to help Haitians rebuild their lives.

Country Info

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.

Our Work in Haiti

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.


Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Haiti

Saved By Lunch

Bad Spirits

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.

The women here talk of 'mauvais esprits' (bad spirits) stalking the survivors of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti on January 12, 2010. Stories of rape are spreading like wildfire through the camps, where...

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These Are Our Sisters

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.

It doesn't have to be this way. Women and men...

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Child Poverty

“Alice, what’s your secret? Did you come into some inheritance?”

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. She is also a member of one of CARE's Village Savings and Loans Associations...

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Mireille Is on the Road to Financial Stability

Three years ago, a massive earthquake destroyed Mireille Henry's home in Haiti , killing her mother and trapping her daughter under the rubble for five hours.

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.

It's been a challenging – and chaotic – journey for Mireille, 44, since the...

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Background: Earthquake in Haiti

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.

Buildings across the area area collapsed, leaving hundred of thosands...

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Congressional Staff Visit Haiti With CARE to Explore Post-Earthquake Progress, Challenges

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.

In particular, the diverse delegation from Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and New York examined how U.S. foreign assistance programs and recovery efforts centered on economic security, health and gender have helped Haitian...

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UPDATE: CARE Responds After Tropical Storm Isaac

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.

Tropical Strom Isaac reached Haiti at approximately 2 a.m....

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CARE Offers Sympathy to All Those Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

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.

CARE's international emergency response teams are on the ground in Haiti, where damage caused by Sandy's three days of continuous heavy rains have already left 52 people dead. Worst-affected are low-lying...

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Haiti Earthquake Three Years Later: CARE Banks on Women in Recovery

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.

"Whether you're talking about creating homes, jobs or reliable local sources of food, the reconstruction of Haiti isn't...

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