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On January 12, 2010 at approximately 5:00 pm, Haiti was struck by 7.0 magnitude earthquake whose epicenter was just outside the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Within the first few days after the earthquake, over 50,000 people were reported or presumed dead. The damage to Port-au-Prince is unsurpassed: much of the city is in ruins, historical and state landmarks have been decimated, and people’s homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. Logistical difficulties including ruined airfields and ports have challenged relief workers coming into the country and domestic forces for law and order, emergency response, and medical care were also compromised. Many areas of public life have been disrupted as a result of the earthquake: in addition to the immediate need to relieve human suffering, thousands of people have been rendered homeless, jobless, and without means for meeting their most basic needs. The Haitian government faces challenges in rebuilding its institutions and recouping its authority. Foreign aid from states and NGO’s continues to pour into Haiti, but the extent of damage makes a sustained international response to the disaster’s effects a necessity. This page serves as a forum for the Humphrey community to share information, stories and ideas about the crisis in Haiti. The links below provide information about how to assist in current relief efforts, the latest developments on the ground, and commentaries and op-eds about international development and Haiti’s future.

NGOs in Haiti face new questions about effectiveness

Sherry Gray on February 10, 11

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/01/AR2011020102030.html crossposted from The Washington Post...

Verizon Foundation Awards $100,000 in Grants to Address Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Sherry Gray on December 4, 10


Washington Post: Funding delays, housing complexities slow Haiti rebuilding effort

Sherry Gray on December 4, 10


Haiti: What's Next? Panel Discussion (Minnesota International Center)

Rachel Garaghty on April 17, 10

Flyer - Haiti Panel Discussion2.doc Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Time: Doors open/check-in 5:30 PM; program 6:00-7:30 PM; reception 7:30 PM Place:...

New York Times-Rebuilding In Haiti

Rachel Garaghty on April 3, 10

Rebuilding in Haiti By Allison Arieff 4-3-10 http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/02/rebuilding-in-haiti/?hp The federal government recently agreed to sell most of the 120,000 formaldehyde-tainted trailers it...

Next Humphrey Students for Haiti Meeting!

Rachel Garaghty on March 26, 10

Where: Room 175 HHH When: Monday, March 29 Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. *Come and go as needed!* It's been nearly...

NYT Editorial: Haiti's Misery

Rachel Garaghty on March 26, 10

March 26, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/26/opinion/26fri1.html?hp The emergency in Haiti isn't over. It's getting worse, as the outside world's attention fades away. Misery rages...

American Refugee Committee: Haiti Special Report

Rachel Garaghty on March 26, 10

March 25, 2010 http://www.arcrelief.org/site/PageServer?pagename=haiti_SR_main1 An up-to-date report on the ARC's work in Haiti....

Clothing Drive for Haiti: March 1-5!

Rachel Garaghty on February 23, 10

Have any lightly used clothes that you no longer need? What better way to clean out your closet than to donate your...

In the News

Rachel Garaghty on January 26, 10

U of MN Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Haiti Project http://www1.umn.edu/umnnews/Feature_Stories2/Hope_for_Haiti.html NPR: Mayo Clinic announces Haiti relief efforts http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/25/mayo-haiti/...

Support for Haiti

Rachel Garaghty on January 26, 10

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org/ Mercy Corps http://www.mercycorps.org/ American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/ Habitat for Humanity International http://www.habitat.org/disaster/active_programs/haiti_earthquake.aspx...

Some Frank Talk About Haiti

Rachel Garaghty on January 23, 10

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF New York Times On my blog, a woman named Mona pointed to Haitian corruption and declared: "I won't...

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