Although millions of dollars were pledged to the rebuilding of Haiti following the earthquake, only a small portion of that money has reached Haiti. A great deal was given in the months following the earthquake for emergency medical care, food, and tents for housing.
According to a 2017 Huffington Post report, “The earthquake displaced a million people in Haiti. And now, seven years later, 2.5 million Haitians are still in need of humanitarian aid.
“The quake tore a catastrophic path of destruction through the ailing island nation, leaving Haitians with a herculean recovery mission. In the years that followed, a string of devastating natural disasters have fueled ongoing famine and poverty crises, given rise to a deadly cholera epidemic, and quashed Haiti’s continued efforts to rebuild… ‘There are still about 55,000 people in camps and makeshift camps,’ noted U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Mourad Wahba. ‘Many are still living in unsanitary conditions due to displacement caused by the earthquake. We have a very long way to go. There are still about 55,000 people in camps and makeshift camps,’ noted Wahba. ‘Many are still living in unsanitary conditions due to displacement caused by the earthquake. We have a very long way to go.’ There is also a distrust of humanitarian organizations in the country due to slow reconstruction following the earthquake, despite billions of dollars raised in international aid. The Red Cross, for example, is accused of building only six homes in Haiti with nearly half a billion dollars in donated funds, and spending millions on internal expenses.”
In a 2017 interview between NPR’s Ari Shapiro and reporter Jacqueline Charles of The Miami Herald, Charles reported: “Not a lot of the country has been rebuilt. I mean, the obvious thing is that the rubble is all gone. But when you are downtown Port au Prince, which is the capital, and you’re standing opposite the collapsed presidential palace, that has since been razed, you see a lot of half-completed buildings. And the most striking of which, is the country’s largest hospital that the U.S. government agreed to rebuild along with the French government. And years later – almost eight years later – that hospital still is not completed.”
Because of our long history with Pastor Luc and through the eyes of our Mission Team members on their visits to Haiti, we know that 100% of the money we give to Harmony will aid the Haitian people. In his 30 years of ministry, Pastor Luc has built five churches, five schools and one medical clinic on the bare dust of the Haitian soil. The churches serve over 2,000 people, the schools educate 500 children, the medical clinic and pharmacy in Port-au-Prince serve people who do not have any other access to medical care and a food pantry provides rice and beans to the hungry.