January 12, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (January 12, 2010) — Habitat for Humanity International is currently assessing the impact on affordable housing in Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince today. Habitat for Humanity will develop an appropriate response as need and available resources become clearer.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and have been in contact with Habitat for Humanity Haiti,” said Torre Nelson, area vice president of Habitat for Humanity International’s Latin America and Caribbean office. “Our goal is to help low-income families in need of decent housing because of this disaster.”
Habitat for Humanity has been at work in Haiti for 26 years and will use its local expertise and mobilize resources to as part of the long-term recovery building efforts.
According to Reuters, the quake hit at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles, just ten miles from the capital city. A hospital and several schools on the island are reported to have collapsed, according to regional news sources. The local authorities have declared the country in a state of emergency, and telephone lines are still down as of Tuesday evening.
The number of affected persons is unknown; however, Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S. has called the quake a “catastrophe of major proportions.”
Habitat for Humanity’s ability to respond effectively to this disaster will require support from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org .