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Five Years After the Earthquake, Help and Hope for Mothers in Haiti

Editor’s note: Five years ago this week, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. In Port-au-Prince, Action Against Hunger partnered with the local aid agencies to empower single mothers who struggled to provide for their families in the aftermath of the disaster. Today, we’re sharing their incredible stories of resilience.

Haiti: Five Years After the Earthquake

After a massive earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince in 2010, plunging Haiti into a state of emergency, the desperate situation was compounded by a cholera epidemic, cyclones, and tropical storms. Five years after the catastrophe, through hard work and determination, the people if Haiti are slowly regaining their self-sufficiency. But there are thousands of people affected by the earthquake who are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

[VIDEO]: The Clean Water Access Initiative: Project Indonesia

In addressing the global water crisis, Action Against Hunger believes in the power of partnership. To illustrate this, we invite you to watch two videos explaining the the first project in our three-year collaboration with Tyco International. The videos show the first two phases of building a clean water system in Indonesia’s impoverished Nusa Tenggara Timur province:

The global aid system: better the devil we know?

One complaint often aired by NGOs is that they do not have direct access to money from the U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which only cascades down to them though U.N. agencies. Changing that could speed up their access to money and enable them to respond faster, they argue.

Jean-Michel Grand, executive director of the British arm of Action Against Hunger (ACF) said U.N. agencies "can prove to be a very expensive middle man in terms of programme funding".

Philippe Massoud of ilili Fights Hunger with Hospitality

Philippe Massoud’s education in philanthropy started early. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a family of hoteliers, Philippe recalls how his father set aside space in his hotel for the International Red Cross during Lebanon’s long civil war; how his grandfather gave his home and a good part of his estate for the establishment of a school; how his mother could not turn down a plea for assistance from any of Beirut’s poor.


Years of political instability and recurring natural disasters have kept Haiti in an impoverished tailspin, placing one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another in their path to development, with some 55% of the Haitian population currently living below the poverty line.

Responding to Natural Disasters

In light of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I thought you might be interested in learning a bit about how Action Against Hunger responds to natural disasters in the countries where we work.

Haiti faces NGO quandary

"Pierre Tripon of the NGO Action Against Hunger, said that if all aid groups leave Haiti, 'there will be a lot of suffering. Our efforts are still indispensable.'"


About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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