Following the devastating January 12, 2010 Haitian earthquake, it seemed as if all of Port-au-Prince had been destroyed. The future seemed hopeless for many Haitians. But as we began digging through the rubble and assisting survivors, we were struck by people’s resilience and their dedication to rebuilding a stronger, more prosperous Haiti.
In the years that have followed, PADF has forged ahead working with communities, the Haitian government and numerous partners to repair damaged homes, build much-needed infrastructure, and revitalize neighborhoods. We have focused on creating jobs in rural and urban areas, helped residents identify and prioritize projects, invested in small businesses, and prepared at-risk communities for future disasters.
While many challenges remain, PADF is focused on giving Haitians the tools they need to rebuild and the opportunities they need to succeed.
Assessing the Damage
PADF contracted a seismic engineering company to train Haitian structural engineers to inspect buildings and tag them using international standards.
PADF repaired more than 10,000 houses in different neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince and around Léogâne and trained 900 masons to build safely.
This program has helped to create jobs, improve incomes, and strengthened local community-based organizations throughout the Port-au-Prince region.
PADF has repaired quake-damaged homes, rebuilt homes that were severely damaged during the earthquake, and cleared extensive amounts of rubble.
Investing in Local Businesses
This program has invested in more than 20 different businesses from various sectors of the Haitian economy.
To help reduce the impact of future disasters, PADF carried out an innovative crisis and risk prevention intervention that helped more than 257,000 people.