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Haiti Earthquake Response (2010)

Emergency Relief | 2010

What damage did the 2010 earthquake cause in Haiti?

On January 12, 2010, a violent 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck 15 miles outside of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, sending tremors across the Caribbean. In 35 seconds, Haiti was forever changed. 220,000 people lost their lives, countless more were injured, and 1.5 million people were instantly homeless. 

How did CORE help in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake? 

Within hours of the earthquake hitting Haiti, Sean Penn assembled a team and mobilized a dynamic network of doctors, emergency workers, and government officials to take immediate action. It began as a two-week aid mission to drop off supplies and help doctors provide urgent medical care. Soon CORE (then known as “J/P Haitian Relief Organization”) was managing the largest displaced persons camp in all of Haiti at Petionville. 


By 2014, CORE had successfully cleared the Petionville Camp, which housed 60,000 displaced persons, and was coordinating long-term recovery efforts led by the local Haitian community. 


In our first year of intervention in Haiti, we provided medical, educational, housing, water and sanitation, and emergency infrastructure construction. J/P HRO was also in charge of the clearing and recycling of more than 500,000 cubic meters of rubble generated by the earthquake including the clearance of the National Palace.

How did CORE support long-term recovery in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake?

Over the years, CORE has remained in Haiti coordinating relief efforts fueled by local Haitians to recover, rebuild back better than before, and empower communities to be prepared for future disaster. Our work continues in Haiti today with local Haitian staff working to rebuild and reimagine communities every day. 

CORE continues to run community building and climate resilience programs supporting vulnerable populations, from education and the arts with the School of Hope and integrated music and arts education, to supporting smallholder farmers through Haiti Takes Root and our partnership with Acceso.  

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