Approximately 20,000 people (1/5 of its entire population) returned to La Gonave in the weeks immediately after the earthquake
Type: Emergency Relief and Housing
Objective: Rebuild houses destroyed in the earthquake and temporarily provide food to support people displaced by the earthquake.
Where: 5 communities in La Gonave, Haiti
Beneficiaries: over 630 families
Funding Partners: Private Donors
After the earthquake on January 12, 2010, APDAG immediately set out to assess local damage and document which families were in greatest need of support. In the weeks that followed the earthquake, thousands fled the destruction that had occurred on mainland Haiti and returned to La Gonave. Families already struggling to feed themselves were faced with feeding more people, as displaced friends and family arrived daily with nothing but the clothes on their back. Less than one week after the quake, APDAG sent Roots of Development an Excel spreadsheet outlining structural damage in the area, and a list of the families immediately in need of food.
Donors responded to the emergency by sending Roots of Development funds to help members of APDAG purchase and ship food from mainland Haiti to La Gonave. Within twenty-four hours of receiving the money, APDAG traveled to mainland Haiti, bought, shipped, and peacefully distributed 20 tons of food to families from five local communities. In the months that followed, APDAG rebuilt nine houses for families effected by the earthquake.