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Haiti one year later – despite massive aid, huge needs remain

Jan 12, 2011

One year ago, a devastating magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti. An estimated 220,000 people were killed, hundreds of thousands of homes and commercial buildings were destroyed, and vital infrastructure was severely damaged. Despite a tremendous aid response and numerous aid organizations working to rebuild Haiti, millions of people are still living in tent camps without hope of finding permanent housing or regaining lost jobs. Americans, moved by the terrible plight of the Haitian people, gave generously, contributing nearly $2 billion to charities. So why has the recovery process been so slow? What progress are these organizations making and are the aid dollars being spent wisely? Are these organizations trying to restore Haiti to what it was or turning it into what it could be?

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