Haiti—Two Years Post Earthquake: What You May Not Know
Seven-year-old Amelia bears a scar from where a concrete block struck her during the earthquake. She is a student at Ecole Marie Dominique Mazzarello in Port-au-Prince, which has classrooms built as part of the PHARE program of USAID. [Photo by Kendra Helmer/USAID]

About the Author: Cheryl Mills serves as Counselor of the U.S. Department of State and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The power of Haiti’s heritage and its people is tremendous. For America, Haiti has held, and continues to hold, a unique and rich role in African-American history. Before and since the earthquake in 2010, Haiti has faced great challenges — ones they are working to confront and to lead the international community in helping them solve. The U.S. government — and the American people — has had the privilege of being a steadfast partner in Haiti’s efforts. As we approach the second anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, it is important to remember those who lost so much; and, to honor Haitians’ unrelenting commitment to realize a more prosperous and stable nation by shining a light on some of the progress toward the great future they seek.

There is so much work still to be done — by the government and people of Haiti, international partners, the private sector, and non-governmental… more »

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