10 years later – Haiti’s 2010 Earthquake, and the Orphans it Left Behind
As we come upon the tenth anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake, we reflect on Haiti's progress towards rebuilding their country. Unfortunately, the lingering effects of the catastrophe have not ceased tormenting the people of Haiti. We at The Brian Young Foundation ask that you join us in a moment of reflection and prayer on this day.
The earthquake itself only lasted 35 seconds, followed by multiple aftershocks- but the complex repercussions of this event have surpassed a decade. Apart from the hundreds of thousands of lives lost, 60 percent of the healthcare facilities in Haiti were destroyed, taking 10 percent of the nation’s healthcare providers along with them. Entire communities were decimated, leaving millions of Haitians without shelter.
Before the earthquake struck, Haiti was already in an impoverished, vulnerable state. A complex set of social, economic, and humanitarian issues plagued the country. The natural disaster only amplified these existing crises, unleashing them into a perfect storm of despair. When international help arrived, it triggered a cholera outbreak that ravished the island faster than adequate supplies could be delivered, causing even more deaths.
When the earthquake first occurred, established countries across the world rallied to assist Haiti immediately. Like those of The United Nations, humanitarian efforts sent funding and volunteers to the island, along with provisions of food and healthcare. But despite billions of dollars in aid from all over the world, the island has still not recovered. Ten years later, the western world is still left wondering why Haiti has not been able to recuperate from these natural disasters.
Over the years, there have been countless promises of relief made by Haitian officials. But a weak state of government and severe systemic disorganization has made these efforts futile. Misuse of monetary aid has brought up questions of corruption. Severely underserved regions in Haiti, like those most hurt by Hurricane Matthew, have been neglected by urban planning policies. Poor living conditions in rural areas of the island have caused a mass exodus to the nation’s larger cities, like Port-au-Prince, where overpopulation has skyrocketed. Millions are now fighting to survive inside cities built to sustain only thousands. These issues have created a disconnect between the Haitian government and its citizens, which continues to manifest into senseless violence in the streets. Victims of trauma and abuse have increased, with little resources to provide them. The chaos of protests and political tensions has overshadowed the humanitarian crises they seek to bring attention to.
Though years have passed, Haiti is still a vulnerable, impoverished environment for its young citizens. Rough living conditions make providing children a safe, sustainable life nearly impossible. These shortcomings have failed the children of Haiti the most, and orphanages on the island are overwhelmingly full. Millions of children rely on these orphanages for access to nourishing meals, healthcare, education, and simply a place where they are free from harm. At the Brian Young Foundation, our mission is to support these orphanages and their efforts to forge a better way of life for these children. Join us as we pray for the nation of Haiti. We ask that God may place guidance in the hearts of their law officials as they find a way to ensure a better life for all of His children.