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Disaster & Rebuilding in Haiti

A guide to research and information.

One year later

Remember, Reflect, Respond

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Haiti One Year Later | January 14, 2011

Please save the evening of January 14th, 2011 hosted by Partners In Health to commemorate the year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated our beloved Haiti. This event will take place in Boston and streamed live on the web.

We hope you will join us in remembering those who lost their lives and in honoring those unsung heroes who have worked tirelessly to rebuild their country. This day will be a time to reflect on all that we have accomplished together over the last year, while also mobilizing around all that is left to be done.

Ways to participate
Join PIH in Boston   
January 14, 2011, 6:00 p.m. at John Hancock Hall in Boston, MA.
A special event, free and open to the public.

Watch the webcast    
Stand in solidarity with Haiti
Consider how your school or community can join PIH in reflection on January 14. Sign-up for more information.

Share your reflection    
Participate in the Kenbe Fem Project
The commemoration is an opportunity for remembrance, reflection, and recognition. Join us in participating in The Kenbe Fèm Project. Learn more.

  Haiti Earthquake

Local Response

Many organizations and individuals have responded locally. See UMass Amherst campus & community response.

News & Governmental Response


Importance of Learning About Haiti

TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson, author of An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President: "We need to be told the whole story of these wonderful, resilient, courageous and industrious people." (Full transcript.)

How to Help

Teaching About Haiti: "Part of our commitment to the people of Haiti at this time can be to not only increase our support but also our awareness." (Resources and strategies.)

Democracy Now! Haiti Cholera Outbreak Reaches Port-au-Prince, Congress Continues to Block Release of Aid Funds (November 11, 2010) In Haiti, a cholera outbreak has reached the capital Port-au-Prince, where more than a million people are still homeless and living in crowded tent cities following January’s deadly earthquake. Meanwhile in Washington, Congress has put up another obstacle to delivering the $1.15 billion in reconstruction money it promised to Haiti back in March.



Organizations Providing Help - Needing Donations and/or Volunteers

Books & Videos

Books and videos about Haiti at UMass, the Five Colleges, and beyond

Background Information

For putting events into context and for researching background, we recommend the following sources. (See also Books and Videos on Haiti page.)

Featured books