On January 12, 2010, a disastrous earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Haiti, killing tens of thousands and leaving untold numbers wounded, homeless, and without basic needs. AFSC immediately provided funds to partners on the ground for medical assistance, cooking kits, materials for shelters, and meals served in community kitchens.

As part of an ongoing response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, AFSC’s program is working in five medium size camps/shelters (each shelter has approximately 6,000 people or more). Haitians have identified cholera prevention as one of the most pressing immediate needs. Cholera has taken many lives in recent months and many in the camps fear its spread. AFSC is providing 7,000 prevention kits to Leogane and Martissant. The kits contain soap, chlorine, water containers, and disinfectant among other items. AFSC is training local health promoters, camp committees, and volunteers to use the kits.

Working with camp residents, AFSC’s Haitian partners have organized security committees in the camps. The committees are generally composed of 5-18 young men, who are 20 - 39 years old. AFSC is providing them with flashlights, whistles, vests and walkie talkies and training in security measures and conflict management. The tools and training will help the committees protect vulnerable people against robbery, rape, and other violent acts.