To make matters worse, a raging cholera epidemic started in October 2010 in an area
unaffected by the quake, and spread across the country, killing thousands.
A Worldwide Call to Action
In 2010 the devastation of the earthquake prompted a worldwide call to action from
a crippled Haitian government. The General Baptist State Convention’s response was
to partner with other faith based organizations in an effort to marshal as many resources
as were possible and to get on the ground in Haiti quickly to assist with food, clean
water, sanitation, shelter and medical supplies.
The assessment by international aid organizations worldwide and our partnering organizations,
is also shared by the GBSC, that there are no easy victories or quick fixes when
an earthquake of this magnitude collapses the complete infrastructure of a country.
Three years after the quake, more than half a million people are still living in
tents and makeshift shelters in Port-au-Prince.
Aid Still Needed
Three years on from this devastating earthquake, over one million Haitians are still
in need of humanitarian aid according to the United Nations.
This includes the 358,000 people still in camps, 500,000 people who are food insecure
and around 73,500 children under 5 years of age facing malnutrition.
The GBSC Missions accomplishments are still being written in Haiti. Our greatest
accomplishment to date can be listed as: assisting the residents in maintaining standards
of hygiene which prevents disease, coordinating our efforts with other faith based
organizations to create reliable shelter, and ongoing education. We are also active
in supplying clothing and healthy nutritional meals.
Our ongoing Missions in Haiti challenges the resources and funds of the GBSCNC but
not our will. We ask that you continue to give your financial support for our efforts
in this region.
The Biggest Urban Disaster in Modern History
The 7.0 magnitude quake that rocked Haiti on Jan 12, 2010 was the biggest urban disaster
in modern history. More than 200,000 people were killed, and another 1.5 million
were left homeless.The tremor struck 15km (10 miles) southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince,
and was the most powerful to hit the impoverished country in more than 200 years.
It was quickly followed by a series of strong aftershocks of up to 5.9 magnitude.
In just a few terrifying minutes, a vibrant city was devastated, and tens of thousands
died immediately. The scale of the tragedy was apparent everywhere and of biblical
proportion - a nation that was already so often on its knees had been knocked to
Thousands of homes, schools and hospitals were destroyed, as well as the U.N. headquarters
in Port-au-Prince, the presidential palace and the main prison. Estimates of damage
and losses range between $8 and $14 billion.