Haiti: Five Years Later

Five years have passed since Haiti suffered one of the most devastating earthquakes ever to hit the Western Hemisphere.  On January 12, 2010 a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake decimated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.  It is estimated that over 300,000 people were killed and 1.5 million were left homeless.  By December of 2010, more than 8,500 more lives had been claimed by a cholera outbreak.  UNICEF estimates that 430,000 children were either orphaned or abandoned.

Today, due to Haitians working with numerous international partnerships, the country is continuing to recover.  In Port-au-Prince, there is new housing, an enhanced police presence, improved roads and better access to health care.

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church is proud to be a small part of this recovery.  Our Haiti Solidarity Partnership with St. Benoit Parish in Dessources has made many strides since 2010.  We have helped rebuild their church, helped build a new elementary school (including a school cafeteria) and helped drill a water well for the community.  We received a grant to provide multivitamins to expectant mothers and young children, and we have sent funds for school lunches, teacher salaries and scholarships for elementary and middle school students.

We have accomplished great things and yet there is so much more to be done!  We hope to continue our partnership with St. Benoit and help to improve the lives of the approximately 5,000 families of the parish. Our committee would also like to extend a huge thank you to the parishioners of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church for giving the people of St. Benoit hope when they were in despair.