- On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Porte-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, resulting in 3 million people needing emergency aid.
- In the weeks that followed, 33 aftershocks occurred ranging in magnitude from 4.2 to 5.9.
- 222,570 people were killed.
- 20% of the city was destroyed and serious damage was done to the remaining 80%.
- In November 2010, a cholera epidemic affected over 170,000 Haitians in Porte-au-Prince and killed over 3600.
- In early 2011, a political upheaval significantly slowed down the already difficult process of earthquake recovery.
Instead, they returned filled with hope – hope given them by the very people to whom they went to give hope. They told of a young man who hollowed out the trunk of a fallen tree to make a canoe which he used to help support his family by giving boat tours of the reef to tourists and mission workers. They spoke of a family of children given the hope of security by their grandmother who cared of them and the grandmother whose hope was fullfilled in the home (essentially a sturdy shack) built by strangers whose only motive was to help where they could. They told of the incredible dignity these people held onto amongst the rubble of their former lives.
There is most definitely hope to be found in Haiti and in my own life. I’ve learned from the people of Haiti that my hope truly does rests in God and not in my surroundings or my situation. If I believe that with all my heart, I will act like I believe it, and then others will see that hope in me. And when that hope can be seen especially in the worst of circumstances, how much more is God recognized and praised for his amazing grace!
About the pictures:
All the pictures were taken by and posted with permission from Ted Martin. Thanks Ted.