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.
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.
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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.
"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."
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We believe that the greatest obstacle to girls’ education is the low social status in which girls are held.
In 2008, CARE launched an ambitious Market Engagement Strategy that aims to empower 10 million women and girls to transition from poverty to prosperity by 2015 by improving their ability to access and benefit from markets and employment. This report represents a first assessment of how we are doing.
Increasing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene remains the cornerstone of CARE Haiti's WASH strategy.
The Neighborhoods Improvement Project works to build a base for reconstruction and recovery founded on social links and local capacity which allow neighborhoods to organize themselves and make decisions on their build environment.
CARE's Life Saving Interventions for Women and Girls in Haiti project has worked to protect earthquake-affected women and girls.
CARE Haiti places strong emphasis on developing the principles of good governance in all its program sectors.
Sustainable Economic Development programs are part of CARE Haiti's Relief to Reconstruction strategy.
Interview conducted by David Rochkind
Milton, Haiti (January 2013) – 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.