Haiti -- Earthquake
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, causing widespread destruction to homes, hospitals, schools, government buildings, roads, and lives.
Approximately 2 million people live in the capital of Haiti and the surrounding areas where the earthquake struck. The American Red Cross is now estimating that 3 million people are affected by the disaster. Current reports from Haiti tell of terrible destruction, widespread chaos, and overcrowded hospitals. Although the exact number was difficult to determine, reportedly more than 230,000 people were killed.
Emergency responses from the U.S. Department of State, the American Red Cross, Mercy Corps, and others have been quick; but, we need your immediate support to provide food, shelter, and other relief supplies.
The Teach Them To Fish Foundation has pledged to help and is asking everyone to give what you can.
Submit or Request Survivor Information:
Visit the State Department’s website.
For missing family, call 1-888-407-4747.
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Republic of Haiti:
Haiti is a Caribbean Island country with an area of approximately of 27,750 km2 (10,714 miles2) and a population of over 10 million people. Haiti occupies the western, smaller portion of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago, which it shares with Dominican Republic. Haiti is east of Cuba. Port-au-Prince is the capitol. French and Haitian Creole are the official languages.
Cité Soleil is an extremely impoverished and densely populated district located in the Port-au-Prince. Cité Soleil is generally regarded as one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of the Western Hemisphere and one of the biggest slums in the Northern Hemisphere.
The government of Haiti is a semi-presidential republic, a multiparty system. The President is head of state elected directly by popular elections. The Prime Minister acts as head of government and is appointed by the President.
The United Nations reports Haiti on its “Least Developed Countries” list.