On 12 January 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake causing massive damage. 222,570 people were killed, 310,928 injured and over 1.5 million affected. Before the earthquake, Plan was already working with 46,900 children and their families on health, education, microfinance and on training children and young people in promoting their rights. After the earthquake Plan worked with the government, UN and international organisations in rebuilding the country focusing on education, protection, health and livelihoods.
One year after the earthquake, more than one million people are still living in tents and Plan continues to be active in the country: working with communities to keep children safe; ensuring their needs for quality education, play and protection are met; empowering communities to manage their own healthcare projects; and actively supporting the involvement of Haitian civil society in the country’s reconstruction.