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10th Anniversary of Earthquake in Haiti



7.0 Mw earthquake - 25 kilometers (16 mi) west of Port-au-Prince - occurred at 16:53 local time
3,500,000 people were affected by the quake
Between 200,000 to 316,000 people estimated to have died
300,000+ people were injured
Over 188,383 houses were badly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake (293,383 in total), 1.5m people became homeless
After the quake there were 19 million cubic meters of rubble and debris in Port au Prince – enough to fill a line of shipping containers stretching end to end from London to Beirut.
4,000 schools were damaged or destroyed
25% of civil servants in Port au Prince died
60% of Government and administrative buildings, 80% of schools in Port-au-Prince and 60% of schools in the South and West Departments were destroyed or damaged
Over 600,000 people left their home area in Port-au-Prince and mostly stayed with host families
At its peak, one and a half million people were living in camps including over 100,000 at critical risk from storms and flooding

Sources - - Death toll range not highlighted in link. This has been found through researching. 

Cholera statistics
Nearly 800,000 Haitians have been infected by cholera, and more than 9,000 have died, according to the United Nations (UN). 
Dead - Haiti 9,568 dead (28 Dec 2017) Dominican Republic 503 dead (28 Dec 2017) – WHO

Response in Dollars:
US$7.9 billion in damages and losses – 120% of Haiti’s GDP – World Bank (Source: 
$13.34 billion: Aid allocated by international agencies for 2010-2020, according to the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti (Source: LAST UPDATED December 2018)

Effect on Foreigners
102: Death toll of UN personnel
122: Americans confirmed dead
(Source: LAST UPDATED December 2018) 

Information about Education in Haiti:
50 percent of children do not attend school. (World Bank 2013)
Approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to third grade; 60% will abandon school before sixth grade. (UNICEF 2008)
Only 29 percent of Haitians 25 and above attended secondary school. (USAID 2015)
Almost 80 percent of teachers have not received any pre-service training. (USAID 2015)
Half of public sector teachers in Haiti lack basic qualifications. (USAID 2015)
90% of primary schools are non-public and managed by communities, religious organizations or NGOs. (USAID 2007)
Haiti’s literacy rate is 61% – 64% for males and 57% for females. (CIA Factbook Nov 2015) The average literacy rate for Latin American and Caribbean developing countries is 92%. (World Bank 2015)
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Information about Health in Haiti:
Life expectancy is 63 years. (World Bank 2013)
30% of the population is considered food insecure. (World Food Programme 2015)
Infant mortality: 55 per 1000 births (UNICEF 2015)
59 per 1,000 born in Haiti die before reaching their first birthday (Ministry of Health 2012)
Under five mortality rate: 88 per 1000 live births (Ministry of Health 2012)
“An estimated 1 in 285 births will result in a woman’s death, a ratio about 16 times higher than in the United States.” (Partners in Health 2014)
Prevalence of stunting (moderate to severe) is 22%. (UNICEF 2015)
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Joy King at 6:40 PM
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Trick or Treat!

As the long-regarded traditional holiday approaches and the forecast for my area is SNOW for the "evening of eeries", I am frantically trying to organize the three projects for our return to Nicaragua next year. I'm a little out of practice because following the political unrest of 2018, I had no student teams travelling to Nicaragua.


The "trick" is for me to have everything ready for our farm team in February (we are still recruiting members despite the November 15 deadline) and our student team in March, AND assisting my co-director Steve with his college and university team in May!  My husband along with farm team leader, Andy are off to Nicaragua on November 1 to scope out the job and activities for the winter teams.  Hopefully we will have all the info we need to get things underway!


The "treat" is that I get to see my Nica family again after a two year absence. I'm sure lots has changed and lots needs to be caught up, but to be able to accompany some of the students who were so disappointed when we had to pull out of Nica 19, is a welcome and anticipated pleasure. 


Alas, I am not participating in any Halloween fun - the community I live in does not celebrate Halloween and my children are too old to go out. But I am looking forward to "knocking on the door" of the NPH Nicaragua home and seeing all the children and how they have grown since last I saw them. I can't wait to put my arms around my godchildren, Yuri and Jimmy. One hundred days to go!

Joy King at 3:59 PM
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