Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, easily one of the most significant natural disasters that the small Caribbean nation survived.
On Jan. 12, 2010, a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck 15 miles west of Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital. The disaster affected an estimated three million people and killed hundreds of thousands. Ten years and billions of dollars of aid later, there’s little noticeable improvement.
What happened to the money?
Eva DeHart of For Haiti With Love voices what is a common belief in Haiti. “The major part of the funds that went in to correct those problems were (skimmed) off, and Haiti never got them. So they never had the resources to do the rebuilding.” She’s quick to add, “That’s not a Haitian government corruption when it comes to the money that was given, and says Haitians blame some of the foundations and NGOs for misappropriation.
Tent cities faded away around the edges, so doesn’t that mean some reconstruction efforts succeeded? DeHart explains that repairs came “…privately, and by mission groups that were already down there working in the area who just doubled up on their fundraising to fix their area of destruction. ”
Landmark buildings like the Notre Dame l’Assomption cathedral and the presidential palace are still in ruins. “What was destroyed, the people who originally had it, if they came up with the funds, it has been fixed. Otherwise, (it) probably never will be.” DeHart went on to say that “Port au Prince will always look like it had a major earthquake. It’s functioning around what it can’t fix.” A quarter-million homes and 30,000 commercial buildings that collapsed or were severely damaged remain shells.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the development of long-term plans saturated with wisdom and justice.
- Pray wisdom for the ministry leaders working in Haiti.
- Pray for those who despair to find hope in Jesus Christ.