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Update on the Marist solidarity effort after the earthquake

06/03/2014: Haiti

Four years ago, on January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, bringing death and destruction to the island. 

As it happened in the past after the eruption of the volcano in Goma (Democratic Republic of Congo) in 2002, and the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka and India, the local Marist communities swiftly took the initiative of helping the population, and along with them, the entire Marist Institute got involved. 

In the case of Haiti as well, donations arrived from all over the world, and the Institute’s General Administration added what remained of the Tsunami Fund1, while the Marist Brothers locally suggested some reconstruction projects which could contribute to the development of the country in the areas of schooling and attention to young people. 

The FMSI was at the center of the entire initiative: it participated in the fund collection campaign, examined the projects to be financed, distributed the money that was raised, and monitored the various financial operations. This report is mainly aimed at thanking those who contributed with their generous donations, besides giving an account of how the Haiti Fund was invested. The following pages explain the use of the Fund up to December 2013. 

The process of reconstructing the country and improving the living conditions of Haitians has certainly not ended, nor the Fund is exhausted: the projects will continue in 2014, and also our work. 

A piece of good news is the fact that the Haitian people never give up. The large open market of Port-au-Prince – with thousands of people coming and going, buying and selling, within a myriad of little stalls – gives evidence of this day by day, as well as the many children who come and tell you their dreams. The average age of the Haitian population is 21 years. At the FMSI we know for sure that the future of the country depends on the education and social promotion of young people.

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B. Mario Meuti - FMSI

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