Leogane Earthquake Response

On January 12, 2010 a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti affecting hundreds of thousands of people. Within a week of January’s deadly earthquake, an All Hands assessment team was on the ground in Haiti, and on February 15th we officially launched Project Leogane. Upon arrival we went to work on projects with immediate impact: demolition, rubble removal, and a combination play therapy and informal education program. These programs drew on our previous experience and addressed some of the most critical needs facing Haitians. These initial programs were only the beginning of Project Leogane, All Hands’ longest and most ambitious international project to date.

Haiti Earthquake

What: Project Leogane

Where: Leogane, Haiti

When: February 15, 2010 – June 30, 2012

Why: Earthquake, January 12, 2010

How: The devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 was a tragic event with enormous scale and impact; Leogane, a coastal town was approximately 90% destroyed. Our work ethic, flexibility, and grassroots approach allowed us to build close relationships within Leogane and we worked tirelessly in and with the community, assisting with the recovery efforts.

During its two years, Project Leogane accomplished the following: provided business training and mentorship to 32 small and medium size local businesses; trained hygiene promoters to provide effective hygiene and sanitation education to over 800 people; built and installed 550 bio-sand water purification filters; rebuilt 18 schools providing approximately 2,700 children the opportunity to receive an education; provided construction skills training for young Haitians; cleared 20,386 cubic meters of rubble; and provided 2,500 hours of mud removal post Hurricane Thomas.

Project Director: Stefanie Chang, Jeremey Horan, Dylan Becker, Alejandro Terrones

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