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EARTHQUAKE | JANUARY 12, 2010

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Collapsed buildings in Port-au-PrinceCollapsed home
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013 AT 4:53PM Haiti experienced a catastrophic earthquake with a  7.0 magnitude. The epicenter was near the town of Léogâne (Ouest Department), approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. By the 24th of January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake. The government of Haiti estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged. The earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region.

The Mission Haiti Medical Outpatient Clinic was  unharmed structurally, but there was minor damage to other buildings on the compound. Many people came to the clinic for help, filling the grounds of the compound and surrounding area for weeks. Pastor Jean Marie, Memen and Sister Phyllis were there to man the hospital along with clinic staff to provide care around the clock.

Many, many donations flooded in as well as offers to go to Haiti to help directly. After the initial earthquake, money was carried into Haiti and given to personnel to help those in need. A team of medical volunteers and 2 orthopedic surgeons from MHM traveled to Haiti to assess needs in the clinic, offer medical expertise, perform surgeries and facilitate various medical teams coming to the clinic in Saintard. Six German doctors, around thirty Jamaican military personnel and a group of medical professionals from Conscience International also arrived to help assist medically and hand out food to surrounding villages. A Jamaican engineer came with the soldiers to inspect all the buildings on the premises and found only superficial damage. A makeshift helipad was created on the compound for helicopters to bring in supplies and transport critically injured to the USNS Comfort, the US Navy’s floating hospital in Port at St. Marc.

More information on the efforts of Mission Haiti Medical during the crisis can be found in the newsletters below. We were extremely blessed to be able to serve Haiti during this time and by the volunteers from around the world and in Haiti who tirelessly helped for weeks on end. Mission Haiti Medical is now poised to do infinitely more as a result of this collaboration as we continue to serve the people of Haiti and bring the Gospel of Christ.


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