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The 11th Anniversary of Haiti's Earthquake

January 12, 2021

At 4:53 PM on January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just outside of Port-au-Prince. In just 30 seconds, the disaster killed over 250,000 people and decimated homes, businesses, schools, and health care facilities. Haiti has never been—and will never be—the same.

Today we join Haitians around the world in mourning the loved ones we lost—the brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children, and friends who we hold so dear in our hearts. We will carry and lift up their memories forever.

We are also deeply grateful for every friend and partner who has helped strengthen Haiti’s healthcare system and expand St. Boniface Hospital over the last 11 years. Together, we’ve provided hundreds of earthquake survivors with the rehabilitation and care they needed to rebuild their lives. And together, we’ve provided tens of thousands of patients with quality care in times of calm and crisis. 

Last year, CBS News came to St. Boniface Hospital to mark the 10th anniversary of the earthquake. I hope you’ll take a moment to watch, or re-watch, this segment today to hear from survivors and see how your support has helped us to build a more sustainable health care system in Haiti. 

We have faced many challenges in the years since the earthquake. From Hurricane Matthew to COVID-19, supporters like you have helped us save lives, even in times of crisis. You make everything we do possible. 

Thank you for continuing to walk alongside HEI, SBH and the people of Haiti, even during this tumultuous year. It is only by working together that we can build a healthier tomorrow.

Kenbe fem,

Conor Shapiro

President and CEO
Health Equity International