Haiti Five Years After the Earthquake

Haitian school
The major earthquake that struck Haiti happened five years ago. In response, BUMC sent three teams down to help with recovery efforts; the last one traveled in January 2013.  Some teams helped provide clean water, others helped with reconstruction and building relationships.  All of this work was overseen by the UMCOR team in Haiti.  UMCOR has provided updates on many aspects of the recovery work, and a summary is included below.  This piece is from the January 2014 UMCOR Hotline.
Volunteers move rocks together in Tapion, Ouest, Haiti.

January 12 marks the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 from an epicenter just 10 miles southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. An estimated 3 million people were affected by the quake, more than 2.6 million people were displaced from their homes and more than 200,000 lives were claimed.

On that day, Rev. Tom and Rev. Wendy Vencuss of the New York Annual Conference were in Haiti for partnership meetings. Tom became the coordinator for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM)  in Haiti and his wife, Wendy, worked with health and education projects of the Methodist Church of Haiti. Wendy now serves as an emotional and spiritual care consultant with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

The disaster touched the hearts of many and ignited their desire to give and act. The needs of survivors inspired partnerships to form, including the Haiti Response Plan, a three-year partnership between UMCOR, EMH (Methodist Church of Haiti) and UMVIM to coordinate recovery efforts.

In the years following the earthquake, UMCOR established other key partnerships which helped cement livelihood opportunities  through construction training,improve food securitypromote agriculture production , provide new homes, and much more.

Read more  about Tom and Wendy’s journey with the Haitian people, the unique collaboration of UMVIM, UMCOR and EMH staff, and the outpouring of volunteer support over the last five years.

Click here  for an overview of UMCOR’s work in Haiti. Support UMCOR’s long-term recovery and development work around the world with your gifts to UMCOR Sustainable Recovery and Development, Advance #3021951.