January 12, 2010 brought unprecedented devastation to the island nation of Haiti. Even now, years later, recovery continues. Operation USA remains committed to this effort–and is proud of our achievements to date.
In 2010, we responded rapidly to the disaster–shipping emergency aid within days of the earthquake. All told, we delivered $5.5 million in donated medical equipment, energy materials, food, and shelter supplies by air and by sea to Haiti in the months following the earthquake. Operation USA went on to identify the city of Jacmel as the focus of long-term recovery programs. The city–located on the southern end of the island and home to 40,000 residents–was devastated by the earthquake, with hundreds killed, thousands injured, and more than 70% of homes leveled.
In 2011, Operation USA, in partnership with Honeywell, completed the construction of Ecole Nationale JM Henriquez. The nine-building school campus houses fifteen classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, a community garden, a computer lab, a soccer field and a basketball court. It was designed pro bono by Gensler, with structural engineering by seismic experts Miyamoto International, to withstand future earthquakes. The school serves more than 900 students who otherwise would not have a safe space to learn, grow and thrive in the wake of the disaster.
In the years since the earthquake struck Haiti, Operation USA has also funded and supported various programs aiding children’s recovery–including those of L’Athletique d’Haiti, which served as an emergency shelter following the earthquake and continues to serve youths with sports programs today.
Today, Operation USA continues to support the school and its feeding program, which provides a daily hot meal to more than 600 students who might not otherwise have access to nutritious food. Program staff members check in regularly with our country program director on site at ENJMH to ensure that students are properly equipped for learning with necessary supplies. As funding allows, Operation USA will continue to expand programs in Haiti to ensure that recovery–both physical and emotional–continues.