Hands on Haiti: Eight Years After the Earthquake

12/04/17

In 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. COTN was already serving in the Dominican Republic. The need was right on our doorstep.

This became the beginning of COTN–Haiti and COTN’s Hands on Haiti ministry.

Haiti earthquake aftermath
Many of the Hands on Haiti children found their homes completely destroyed after the earthquake.

Hands on Haiti provided the emergency medical care these children needed, setting up a makeshift medical clinic right on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. All the children had experienced trauma, and many of them had lost limbs from falling walls and collapsing buildings, and they needed immediate medical treatment.

It’s been almost eight years since the earthquake. Thanks to the support of partners like you, the Hands on Haiti children's physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs continue to be met.

 

Everybody in!Everybody in! Recently, staff and Venture participants took some of the Hands on Haiti children to the pool.

 


Today, you can see their amazing transformation!


Young Bolivena in a cast
Bolivena’s family home was demolished during the earthquake, and she suffered a broken femur.


Bolivna with Chris Clark
                                              Bolivena now, with “Papa” Chris Clark.

Kervens with Debbie Clark
Kervens was severely injured during the earthquake, and his leg was amputated. (Debbie Clark visited him after his surgery.)


Kervens with Chris
 Kervens enjoys some time with Chris Clark near the pool. Partners like you provided Kervens with a prosethic leg.


Young Luciano
Luciano and his brother, Mabobali, were playing soccer in a field next to their home the day of the earthquake. A building next to the field crashed down on both of them. It was five days before they were able to get medical aid, and Luciano’s right arm eventually had to be amputated. 


Luciano and Chris Clark
Luciano is exceptionally good at wrestling others off their “steeds” during pool games. Chris Clark helps complete the winning team.


Thank you so much for supporting these children and their families! You’ve helped put these smiles on their faces.

Group shot with Chris Clark