On January 12, 2010 a powerful earthquake 7.3 on Richter scale - struck Haiti near its capital Port-au-Prince. The earthquake caused catastrophic destruction throughout the city of 2 million inhabitants, capital of the poorest country in the northern hemisphere. In addition to countless deaths, the humanitarian disaster affected 3 million people.
The Canadian aid agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition have been present in Haiti for more than five decades and had more than 600 staff working in the country when the earthquake hit on January 12th, 2010. They, and other Canadian and international aid agencies, immediately responded to meet the urgent needs of survivors of the quake.
The Humanitarian Coalition and its members fundraised over $15.5 million for humanitarian response programs for disaster survivors. Since the earthquake, the members of the Humanitarian Coalition have effectively contributed to rebuilding Haiti alongside the survivors of the earthquake. The members of the Humanitarian Coalition have reached hundreds of thousands of Haitians through its donor program with essential and urgently needed assistance, while also supporting recovery and reconstruction efforts.