Haiti is a fragile nation that suffers frequent natural disasters. The country lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and is subject to severe storms from June to November, while also facing floods caused by rainfall during hurricanes, periodic droughts, and the risk of earthquakes. Extensive deforestation makes Haiti even more vulnerable to the effects of storms.
In 2012, two major natural disasters struck the region. In October, just two months after Tropical Storm Isaac left major damage, Hurricane Sandy lashed Haiti with fierce winds and heavy rainfall that caused massive floods, eroded away roads and croplands, and destroyed homes.
Haiti is still recovering from one of the deadliest earthquakes in recorded world history, which struck in January 2010. In one terrible moment, 222,570 Haitians lost their lives and more than 1.5 million lost their homes. Years later, shelter remains a major priority.
As we work alongside Haitians, we have identified other urgent needs they face, including access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and emergency responses to cholera outbreaks, hurricanes, and other disasters.
When disasters strike, Medair’s teams are prepared to carry out immediate assessment and response. In our responses, we implement Disaster Risk Management techniques to prevent or reduce the impact of frequently occurring disasters.
Medair began providing relief and recovery in Haiti within days of the 2010 earthquake.
Medair works in Jacmel in the Sud-Est Department, the fourth largest city in Haiti. We also provide relief in the rural region around Jacmel like La Montagne.
This remote, mountainous region is so difficult to reach that it has largely been neglected. Women and children walk for hours to collect water, and open defecation is widely practiced. In 2012, Isaac and Sandy left a trail of deep devastation in these communities, destroying houses, crops, and roads and leaving families vulnerable to food scarcity.
Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.