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Road to Restoration: Haiti 5 Years Later

It has been 5 years since the earthquake of 2010 ravaged Haiti and commanded the attention of the world. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been in Haiti since before the earthquake, and since that day, has worked tirelessly alongside the Haitian people to rebuild and restore community. Road to Restoration: Haiti 5 Years Later will take you on a journey into the UMCOR projects, partnerships, and relationships that have made the last five years possible.

Follow the series to learn about the importance of volunteer presence in recovery efforts in Boots on the Ground, and how together UMCOR and USAID are creating community and Finding Power in Partnership. Meet some of the women business owners UMCOR is working with in Building Capacity, Investing in Women, and hear about UMCOR’s journey of accompaniment in an interview with earthquake survivor and UMCOR staff person Jim Gulley. Take a comprehensive look at our Partners in Rebuilding, and make sure to check out the Timeline of notable events. 

A page of Prayers is included that can be used in solitude or in community when commemorating the anniversary. And take some time to read through the staff and family Reflections as we remember the lives of all who perished in the disaster. We acknowledge the sense of personal loss we, as the General Board of Global Ministries, have experienced in the deaths of UMCOR Deputy General Secretary Sam Dixon and Director of Mission Volunteers Clint Rabb in the Haiti earthquake.

As you read and view the different pieces to this story, know that you, as part of the UMCOR community, have helped to make possible not only the last five years but the last 75 years. In 2015, UMCOR celebrates 75 years of being hope, being with people in times of crisis. We encourage you to share this story with your friends and family, and engage in the conversation on social media by adding #Haiti5 to your reflections. 

Your gift to UMCOR Sustainable Recovery and Development, Advance #3021951, supports UMCOR’s work around the world and makes it possible for UMCOR to accompany those impacted by disaster, as in Haiti, long after their plight has slipped from the headlines.


Haiti 5 Years Later

Boots on the Ground: Haiti and UMVIM
The UMVIM program has been indispensable in helping to rebuild Haiti over the last 5 years since the 2010 earthquake.
Photo by Mike DuBose.
Finding Power in Partnerships
A look at the PISANS project, a model, and integrated suite of programs helping to improve the quality of life for a Haitian community.
Haiti Earthquake: Recovery to Development
Five years after a devastating earthquake, United Methodists, together with their church and nongovernmental partners, work with Haitian communities o ...
Haiti Timeline: 2010 - 2014
A timeline of events of UMCOR's effort in Haiti's rebuilding.
Haiti: Prayers & Tributes
Read prayers and poems in dedication to the five-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Keeping Faith with Haiti
Using photographs from 2010-2014, United Methodist Communications photographer Mike DuBose presents a visual record of how an earthquake changed this ...
Portraits of Haitian Women Entrepreneurs
UMCOR's SEED program in Haiti funds women entrepreneurs.
Testimonials about staff who lost their lives in the Haiti earthquake.
Road to Restoration: Haiti 5 Years Later
A journey into the UMCOR projects, partnerships, and relationships that have made the last five years in Haiti possible.
UMCOR Partners in Haiti
A list of partners with whom UMCOR has collaborated to support the Haitian people on the road to restoration.

Laura K. Wise  Road to Restoration: Haiti 5 Years Later was compiled by Laura K. Wise.

Laura is a mission intern (now called Global Mission Fellows) with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as a mission communicator with Global Ministries at its New York City headquarters. At Global Ministries, Laura engages in information gathering and writing that keeps United Methodists connected in mission. Her position also involves a partnership with the Hope for Our Neighbors in Need ministry of the Church of the Village, a congregation serving a community in Manhattan.  

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