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

Jean Gislene is on the Move

Jean Gislene is a woman who is going places, and she’s taking her whole community with her. She’s got big plans to buy some more land (she was already able to purchase some—a big feat in a country...

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Saved By Lunch

Good hygiene makes good sense — particularly in one Haitian community where 13 children in the Onde Latine School have died of cholera since it broke out in 2011. Kids now wash their hands before lunch as if they’re scrubbing for surgery, cleaning up to their elbows, under their nails and between their fingers. The collective clean-up stems from the USAID-funded, CARE-led Kore Lavi program, a food and nutrition initiative that aims to serve 300,000 of Haiti’s most vulnerable families. Good hygiene — as cooks prepare the meals, and as children eat them — is one, perhaps life-saving, part of...

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Jean Gislene is Going Places

CARE-led food program brings economic empowerment to the table for local entrepreneurs

Jean Gislene is going places — and she’s taking her whole community with her. She plans to buy more land, beyond what she already owns. That’s quite a feat in her home country of Haiti, where only 9 percent of women own land. She also plans to send her kids to school, to build a better house and to buy several cows as another income source. What makes this possible?

It starts with Jean’s participation as a caterer in the country’s USAID-funded Kore Lavi program, which...

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Kore Lavi: A New Way to Do Food Aid

Kore Lavi is implementing a safety net program that improves access to locally produced foods among vulnerable households. The Kore Lavi project is funded by USAID, and implemented in partnership with the World Food Programme, World Vision, and Action Against Hunger. The program also focuses on maternal and child health and nutrition interventions for pregnant and lactating women and

children under two years of age.

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Lunches Save Lives

The kids here wash their hands before lunch like they’re scrubbing in for surgery, washing up to the elbows, under the nails, and between the fingers. It makes sense: 13 kids in Rio Onde Latine...

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Little By Little

When’s the last time you threw a party to commemorate a withdrawal from your savings account? Composed a song to celebrate your banking system? Invited the whole community for drinks and dancing...

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Kore Lavi: A New Way to Do Food Aid


The Kore Lavi program directly supports the Government of Haiti’s social protection efforts through the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST). With the generous support of USAID , and in partnership with the World Food Programme, World Vision, Action Against Hunger, Kore Lavi is implementing a safety net program that improves access to locally produced foods among vulnerable households. The program also focuses on maternal and child health and nutrition...

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Haiti Earthquake: Progress Report, 2010-2015

Haiti Earthquake Five Years Later: Rebuilding a Stronger Nation

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.

“With a disaster of this magnitude, it was important to address the...

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