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Rebuilding Haiti

 In January 2010, a devastating earthquake in Haiti destroyed 105,000 houses, damaged 85,000 more and left more than 1.5 million people homeless. It took about 30 seconds to reduce much of the country's housing stock and infrastructure to piles of rubble. In the five years since the earthquake, a complex story of survival, perseverance and renewal has unfolded, surely and steadily.

The new story of Haiti: Five years later (English | French

Habitat for Humanity has been serving families in Haiti since 1984 and will continue to do so on a number of fronts. Read on to learn about Haitian development projects made possible by the Government of Canada (Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) and Canadian donors.



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, Director, International Programs:
Email:      Phone: (800) 667-5137 ex.353

Habitat for Humanity Canada Development 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).
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
Meet Dominique Bourjolly from Haiti
Dominique Bourjolly, 28, was devastated to find herself living out of a makeshift tent with her four children after the earthquake on January 12, 2010 left her home damaged and inhabitable. It was the only home that this single mother had ever known.
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