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."
PORT-AU-PRINCE - (Jan. 12, 2015) — Five years after a deadly earthquake left an already impoverished nation in complete devastation, the rebuilding effort in Haiti has made significant progress, even as the disaster-prone country continues to face serious challenges. To help build back a more resilient Haiti, CARE continues to partner with local organizations, government agencies and individual Haitians to increase the nation’s emergency preparedness and strengthen the most vulnerable communities.
There’s a sweeping vista from the hilltop neighborhood of Aztec, past the low, sprawling rooftops of the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince, to the blue waters of the Caribbean. It’s this kind of long view that CARE takes, as we work side by side with Haitians still recovering from the devastation of the earthquake of January 2010.
Yvette Lapaix and her neighbors in Port-au-Prince’s Carrefour district have built a great deal since the earthquake five years ago. What she’s most proud of isn’t bricks and mortar. It’s unity.
“When people come together who didn’t know each other before, and work together for a common goal, they learn to trust each other. They form a community,” she says. For people displaced by the quake, that community is the first step toward a new home.
Nearly five years after the deadly earthquake that left more than 1.5 million Haitians homeless. Yvette Prévilia Fénélon, 60, is among those still living in tents at a makeshift camp called Mission des Citoyens Progressistes de Fontamara, but not for long.
Over the last five years, CARE has transitioned from post-earthquake emergency relief into programming aimed at addressing the underlying causes of poverty that increase vulnerability to disaster.
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