Haiti Earthquake Relief
On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck the nation of Haiti, causing catastrophic damage inside and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince. President Obama promised the people of Haiti that "you will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten" and ordered an immediate response to the catastrophe that was swift, coordinated, and aggressive.
Since then, the United States has taken a whole-of-government approach to facilitate and enhance the work of our partners in Haiti and across the international community. Thanks in part to this global effort, as well as the leadership of the Haitian government, Haitians have better access to clean water, food, and medical care than they had before the quake.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Haiti in the months following the distaster to see the devastation first hand.
A great deal of work remains to be done, work that will take years to complete. Going forward, the United States will continue to be focused on a comprehensive strategy drafted in partnership with the Government of Haiti and our international partners to achieve economic growth and stability. This strategy will focus investment on the four areas of infrastructure and energy, food and economic security, health and services and governance and rule of law.
Here are some ways that you can get involved and learn more about the ongoing relief effots in Haiti.
- Contribute online through ClintonBushHaitiFund.org.
- Text “QUAKE” to 20222 to charge a $10 donation to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (the donation will be added to your cell phone bill).
- Find more ways to help at usaid.gov/haiti/
The Federal Response
Check out the links below to find out how each federal department and agency is responding to the earthquake in Haiti.
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- The Department of State
- The Department of Defense
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Health and Human Services
- The Federal Communications Commission
- The Department of Interior
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration