Praying for Haitians a year after the quake
January 12, 2011 marks one year since a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti. Most of the infrastructure in the capital city of Port-au-Prince was destroyed; more than 200,000 people lost their lives; and approximately 2 million people were displaced. Additional tragic blows to the country were an outbreak of cholera and flooding from Hurricane Tomas.
Despite enormous challenges, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), working with our Haitian mission partners and as members of the ACT Alliance, continues to provide relief for families still displaced. Recovery work focused on providing shelter and clean water, rebuilding Haiti’s health care, restoring food security and livelihoods, and offering school and recreational activities for children and youth enables earthquake-affected families to see some hope out of the chaos of this disaster.
Many congregations are setting aside a time of remembrance for the people of Haiti. Christian Aid, a co-member of ACT Alliance, has produced a reflective slideshow to commemorate the Haitian earthquake. PDA encourages you to use this video to remember the ongoing hardships in Haiti and to pray for healing and hope for our neighbors in need.