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         On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude struck Haiti, killing around 316,000 and displacing close to 1.5 million people. Nowadays, 5 years after the tragedy, nearly 1.4 million have left the refugee camps and relocated and some others have rebuilt part of the housing that was destroyed. According to the World Bank, Haiti has moved from recovery to long term development and it continues to improve infrastructure and strengthen institutions, work toward increasing access to education, health and other services, as well as stimulating investment.      

UNDP annual report, Haiti 2030 on the horizon, states that while a huge portion of the country still lives in poverty, the number of people who live on less than US$1.25 a day is on the decline as the number of children with access to schooling has increased along with the number of households with access to an improved source of water.

There are few visible signs of the quake itself and most badly damaged buildings have been razed. Parts of the capital are bustling with new construction and hundreds of schools have been rebuilt. But Haiti is still a deeply poor nation, with an official unemployment rate of about 40 percent and the World Bank says more than 6 million out of roughly 10.4 million inhabitants live under the national poverty line of $2.44 per day. 

With all of your help and support, we are facilitating the creation of a better tomorrow for our people in Haiti. 5 years after the tragedy, H2H is focusing the assistance in Health, thru Mobile Clinics; Education, thru our Education project; and Economic Development, thru Microcredits.

Mobile Clinic. The project is run over a weekend (Saturday and Sunday). A medical team comes out to Titanyen and provides basic health care to our community in Titanyen. Between autumn 2013 and 2014, we ran 3 pilot projects treating around 1,500 patients. This year, we are increasing the frequency of the clinic rounds and the medical services.

Education Project. The H2H board decided in 2010 to support education as one of our first longer term projects. Education is the basic for the future of kids and adolescents. We did not want kids to hang around all day but send them back to school.  At that time, there were around 63 children in the community. The project secures education for the children in all education levels (kindergarten to high school).  Our target is guaranteeing our support to education and increase along our financial capabilities to the children involved in the program. Also, we are developing a program to provide after school support.

Microfinance. In September 2012, H2H launched a pilot microcredit project with 17 families in the community of Titanyen, with an average loan size of $300 dollars and a 6-month amortization schedule. Repayment rate was excellent (100%) until December, when the aftermath of hurricane Sandy inflated food prices and cost of living. Subsequently, we conducted an in-depth appraisal of each of the cases identifying strengths and weaknesses of the project and strengths and vulnerabilities of the 17 micro-entrepreneurs; although a number were facing diverse issues, the exercise allowed us to get familiarized with the local informal economy and to identify needs and further opportunities to support micro-entrepreneurs through properly suited micro-loans.

We decided to develop a long term sustainable microfinance approach to bring financial opportunities to Titanyen, Port-au-Prince and Carrefour. To date, we have granted a total of 220 microloans to 121 micro-entrepreneurs for over $135,000. 


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