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Haiti Earthquake Recovery

The Haiti Earthquake of 2010 caused at least 230,000 people to lose their lives, and more than 300,000 people sustained injuries. The Haiti Earthquake Recovery Fund was launched in 2010 in response to this devastating natural disaster.

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Haiti Earthquake Recovery

The Haiti Earthquake of 2010 caused at least 230,000 people to lose their lives, and more than 300,000 people sustained injuries. The Haiti Earthquake Recovery Fund was launched in 2010 in response to this devastating natural disaster.

Legatum haiti earthquake recovery
Background

Earthquakes, like all natural disasters, cause untold misery and pain to their victims. Aside from the initial devastation caused by the shock and after-shocks of the earthquake, damage to infrastructure can cause fires and flooding and cut off routes for the emergency services. Without access to clean running water, diseases spread more easily, food becomes difficult to source and crime rates rise.

The Haiti earthquake of 2010 was one such heartbreaking disaster and urgent relief work was vital to prevent the loss of further life.

Approach

Through a $100,000 seed grant, the fund provided practical support to less funded areas. The fund provided solar kits to 11,000 homeless families with solar panels, lamps, radio connectors and mobile phone chargers. The result was that the tent cities in affected areas had access to small LEDs lights, improving the provision of care and the neighbourhood's security.

In addition, funding was provided to four organisations that were able to provide immediate food and medical aid to almost 12,000 of the most vulnerable victims of the earthquake living in temporary tented villages.

Analysis

This initiative was successful in helping individuals in this time of crisis. Following our seed investment, the fund received additional support from several organisations including the Stromme Foundation and Legatum staff members who contributed via online giving platforms.

Stat Icon ENTREPRENEURS
11,000
households received solar panel kits
Stat Icon LIVES
11,930
people received food support
Stat Icon HEALTH
11,041
people received medical support
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