When the most devastating earthquake of the past century hit Haiti in January 2010, our grantees in the country and in the Dominican Republic responded immediately. Despite their own tremendous loss, these heroes worked tirelessly throughout 2010 to help others recover and rebuild.
In 2010, AJWS made 33 grants for earthquake recovery, totaling $1,468,520.
Grassroots organizations used the funds to provide food and safe drinking water, replant crops, reduce gender-based violence in refugee camps and advocate for greater civil society participation in redevelopment efforts.
AJWS also supported Haitian recovery domestically. We led a coalition of more than 30 faith-based, human rights and social justice organizations advocating for effective and just disaster relief. The coalition helped secure nearly a billion dollars in increased foreign aid to Haiti and organized the only major Congressional event since the earthquake that included members of Haitian civil society. AJWS advocacy also helped achieve forgiveness of $750 million of Haiti’s debt from the IMF, the InterAmerican Development Bank and the World Bank.
Shortly after the earthquake, President Obama recognized AJWS’s work and the inspiring efforts of our grantees at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.