Rebuilding Haiti


Four years after the magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, many buildings and homes still lie in ruin, and more than 300,000 men, women and children continue to live in dilapidated and unsafe shelter. This reality is a constant and painful reminder that reconstruction work is far from over.

As an international organization, Habitat for Humanity set the goal of serving 50,000 families in Haiti with: 

  • permanent houses
  • transitional and upgradable shelters
  • damage assessments
  • repaired or rehabilitated homes
  • emergency shelter kits, training
  • job opportunities

Having reached this goal but recognizing persistent need, Habitat for Humanity Canada has committed to continue to support the people of Haiti through February 2016.

Habitat for Humanity Canada Recovery Projects

Investing in People and Business in Haiti
2013 - 2016

While Simon-Pelé, a neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, has a vibrant commercial main street and strong social connections, its informal origins mean it lacks water, sanitation, sewers, latrines, solid waste disposal, street lighting, and social amenities such as schools and playgrounds. Many streets remain unpaved. Diseases such as cholera spread easily and often.

Our urban development projects are community-led with high levels of community consultation and participation. This approach is helping the families of Simon-Pelé improve their living conditions and gain access to critical services for their community of 30,000. 

Building on the achievements of Enabling Neighbourhood Revival, this project will fill gaps identified within Haiti’s construction industry in order to increase the nation's capacity to rebuild. 

Enabling Neighbourhood Revival

April 2011 - September 2012


Also focused on Simon-Pelé, key accomplishments of our first recovery project in Haiti following the 2010 quake include:

  • 175 homes repaired and 100 sanitation facilities installed for 400 families 
  • Local companies and residents trained in repair, maintenance and reconstruction techniques 
  • 250 residents trained in financial literacy 
  • Increased female representation in community development and reconstruction 
  • 10,000 community members educated on major health issues; 100 pregnant women and 900 children immunized; and health supplies provided to 3,000 households and two schools (in partnership with Canadian health NGO, Rayjon ShareCare).

Donate Today to Help Build the Haiti of Tomorrow

If you would like to learn more about Habitat for Humanity Canada's projects in Haiti, contact Erin O'Neill, Manager, National Partnerships & Giving Programs:

Email:      Phone: (800) 667-5137 ex.353

Habitat for Humanity Canada projects (Enabling Neighbourhood Revival and Investing in People and Business in Haiti) undertaken with financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD).

Habitat for Humanity Canada thanks the Larry and Cookie Rossy Family Foundation for their significant contribution to rebuilding projects in Haiti.

News and Updates

Habitat for Humanity Haiti gives diplomas to 195 students for completion of advanced construction training program
Sep 2, 2014 (PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti): Habitat for Humanity Haiti introduced a new set of graduates from its training program last month as 195 students received their diplomas in advanced construction and celebrated their achievement and new opportunities with Habitat representatives, families and friends, local officials, donors, partners and supporters.

Haiti's 'republic of NGOs' must be held accountable
Jan. 11, 2013 (Waterloo, ON): Saturday marks the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti and left 1.5 million people displaced or homeless. Rebuilding has been slow. In the three years since a ‘republic of NGOs’ descended on Haiti, their lack of progress is beginning to cause the faith of some Canadians to be shaken, if not completely lost.

Two Years Into the Recovery
Jan. 12, 2012 (Waterloo, ON): Two years ago, Haiti was struck by a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake that destroyed the homes of over two million people. Having recently visited some of the worst-affected areas, I witnessed entire neighbourhoods still lying in ruin...

CIDA to Support a Second Habitat Canada Project in Haiti
Dec. 23, 2011 (Ottawa, ON): The Government of Canada has announced that it will support a second Habitat Canada project in Haiti, which will increase Haitian’s capacity to rebuild their nation through construction skills training, and micro, small and medium-sized enterprise development, leading to sustainable job creation.

2011 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project: One week, 100 homes
Nov. 20, 2011 (Léogâne, Haiti): At the end of the seven-day Carter Work Project, 100 safe, decent new homes had been built in the Santo community in Léogâne. Watch the video

Significant Funds Committed by CIDA to Habitat Canada’s Rebuilding Efforts in Haiti
March 7, 2011 (Waterloo, ON): With support from the Government of Canada, Habitat will repair 175 homes and install 100 sanitation facilities in a low-income, high density, earthquake-affected area of Port-au-Prince. Local residents will be trained at a Habitat Resource Centre in repair and reconstruction techniques, employing and empowering Haitians in an area with high unemployment.

Related Links

Habitat for Humanity International

Haiti Recovery
Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project
Habitat for Humanity Haiti

The Canadian International Development Agency
Haiti Overview