Haiti Earthquake Recovery: One Year Later


Tuesday, January 11 update: Due to extreme weather conditions, the Haiti Earthquake commemoration in Centennial Park has been resheduled for Saturday, January 15, 2011. Please join us!  

Haiti Earthquake Recovery: One Year Later
Containers of rubble show there is work to be done

Nashville, Tenn.:  To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that occurred Jan. 12, 2010, The United Methodist Church is reminding people that much work remains to be done in Haiti and there are ways they can help.

An advertising campaign running now through January 23 includes television ads on CNN and Fox News Channel, online advertising, text messaging, and outdoor billboards in selected cities. The ads invite viewers to go to RethinkChurch.org to find out how to get involved.

On January 15th at Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA, 10x10x10 clear containers will each be filled with an estimated five tons of rubble to illustrate the magnitude of the destruction.  The earthquake in Haiti left behind 25 million cubic yards of rubble, only about 5 percent of which has been removed. The amount of rubble in one container represents only 0.00015 percent of what is still in Haiti.

The United Methodist Church has a history of providing aid in Haiti, and has worked to establish schools, churches, clinics and other programs. United Methodist relief and recovery efforts began immediately following the deadly quake. In the past year, United Methodists have contributed more than $43 million for earthquake relief in Haiti. Of that amount, $1 million was raised by the membership of the North Georgia United Methodist Conference.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief addressed immediate needs for food, shelter, education, medical care, clean water and cholera education and prevention, and embarked upon a five-year earthquake relief and recovery program.

From April to October 2010, over 80 United Methodist volunteers-in-mission teams traveled to Haiti and nearly 180 are scheduled to go this year.  United Methodist churches all over the U.S. have reached out to Haiti in various ways, from assembling health kits to holding fundraisers to building mobile medical clinics.

To learn more about rebuilding efforts in Haiti and how to get involved, visit RethinkChurch.org.  You may also make a donation of $10 by texting HOPE to 27722.