Jan. 12, 2011 marked the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti. Since then, American organizations have been working tirelessly with the Haitian people to provide basic services like clean water, food, and basic shelter from the weather.
Groups like the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the International Medical Corps have been out on the front lines, as well as the media headlines, helpeing hundreds of thousands of Haitian survivors.
The American Red Cross has issued a one-year report on the relief and recovery efforts in Haiti, which summarizes the Red Cross response in Haiti and plans for the years ahead to support Haiti’s recovery. The Red Cross currently has 24 international staff and more than 320 Haitian staff and paid workers at its headquarters in Port-au-Prince.
Steve McAndrew is the Head of Operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. McAndrew has lived in Haiti for the past 12 months. “The people are so resilient. When I see them, I have hope for the future,” said McAndrew.