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World Vision Canada. Haiti: Country in Crisis. Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding area shortly before 5pm Tuesday, January 12

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World Vision Canada

Haiti: Country in Crisis

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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding area shortly before 5pm Tuesday, January 12
  • The earthquake, the most devastating in 200 years, has affected roughly three million men, women and children
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • Widespread damage – including destruction of roads, hospitals, schools and government buildings– are making relief efforts extraordinarily difficult
  • World Vision has been in Haiti for 30 years and right now there are over 600 World Vision staff on the ground making sure that relief is getting to the people who need it most
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • World Vision had relief items stored in Haiti in preparation for the hurricane season and has already began distributing these supplies
  • 18 million tons of additional relief supplies will soon be distributed by World Vision staff- with more in the days to come
  • Supplies include: shelters, blankets, collapsible water containers, hygiene kits and cooking sets
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • Hotel in Port-au-Prince that sustained damage
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • Virtually no building in Port-au-Prince is left untouched
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • Willard Metzger, Director of Church Relations, World Vision Canada, was in his hotel in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake hit
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • There are reports of sporadic looting and violence as rescuers work to save the trapped and to keep survivors alive
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • The injured find help wherever they can
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • Limited connectivity by phone or internet makes contacting to the outside world an incredible challenge
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • Dominican Republic military helicopter carrying wounded for care
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • Willard Metzger in his makeshift office
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Catastrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti
  • World Vision staff are distributing basic materials including blankets, clothes and bottles of water
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World Vision’s Response to Disasters
  • The powerful earthquake that has devastated Haiti has left the country in chaos and in desperate need of our help
  • The death toll is unknown right now, but it’s believed that up to 100,000 lives have been lost
  • Media reports that as many as 500,000 people have been left homeless
what you can do
What You Can Do

$50 provides emergency safe havens for children in which they can play, learn and receive trauma counselling

$55 provides a family with an emergency kit that provides things like tarps, blankets, soap, towels, personal hygiene items and cooking utensils

$100 provides emergency water and sanitation like portable water tanks, chlorine tablets, soap and latrines

$400 provides a fully stocked mobile health clinic that will deliver basic medical care to hundreds

* These costs are estimates due to the urgency of the situation,

and may vary.

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What You Can Do

World Vision Canada anticipates raising over $384 million per year in total revenue for its community development, emergency relief and advocacy work, of which 14.2% will be used for necessary fund-raising.

In cases where donations exceed what is needed or where local conditions prevent program implementation, World Vision Canada will redirect funds to similar activities to help needy people.

World Vision Canada is incorporated in Mississauga, Ontario.

For more information, or for a copy of our latest audited financial statements, please visit our website at or contact Kathryn Goddard, Vice-President, and Donor Engagement at-1-800-844-7993.

If you give a donation to the Haiti Earthquake victims through World Vision by February 12th, it will double in impact due to a generous contribution from the Canadian Government.

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What You Can Do

If you wish to donate to the relief efforts, call 1-800-268-5528 or visit


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World Vision
  • World Vision works in partnership with poor communities to build a better life for children
  • Through innovative and sustainable programming, we help parents to ensure their children have improved access to health care, food, education and clean water
  • In 2008, we provided hope and assistance to approximately 100 million people in nearly 100 countries
vision statement

Vision Statement

“Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness;

Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.”