Samaritan’s Purse Provides Housing for 50K Haitians

One Year Later, Samaritan's Purse Charges Forward with Haiti Relief Efforts

Within 24 hours of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Samaritan's Purse had staff on the ground working to provide aid. Since that time, the organization has used airplanes and cargo ships to bring in critical supplies including food, water filtration systems, shelter materials and medical supplies—as well as heavy machinery for debris removal.  Samaritan's Purse has full-time staff working in Haiti to continue relief efforts and help earthquake and cholera victims.

Since the earthquake, Samaritan's Purse has provided the following aid to the people of Haiti:


  • Samaritan's Purse has mobilized 175 medical personnel to treat people impacted by the cholera outbreak in Haiti

  • The organization has flown in 10 chartered flights, loaded with cholera relief supplies

  • Samaritan's Purse medical teams have treated more than 4,300 cholera patients since the outbreak began in late October

  • The organization has installed 17 water filtration systems in response to the cholera outbreak, with each system providing clean water for about 6,000 people

  • Some 500,000 people have been reached through Samaritan's Purse's cholera prevention messaging

  • The organization has two cholera treatment centers:

    • Bercy cholera treatment center, with an 150-bed capacity (peak day Nov. 19 with 
223 patients)

    • Cite Soleil cholera treatment center, with a 240-bed capacity


  • Provided transitional housing for more than 10,030 families left homeless after the quake

  • Samaritan's Purse shelter project has provided housing for 50,150 Haitians (based on average family size of 5)


  • Samaritan's Purse has provided medical care for 33,404 patients at the Cite Soleil clinic and through the organization's Mobile Medical Clinics

  • The organization has coordinated and sent more than 500 medical volunteers from the U.S. and Canada to Haiti, most volunteering for two weeks (this includes 175 medical personnel who have volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse since the cholera outbreak in October)


  • Provided 8,882 metric tons of food through all of the organization's feeding programs

  • Constructed some 420 keyhole gardens (vegetable gardens)


  • Some 75,000 people left homeless after the earthquake have received clean water through Samaritan's Purse clean water efforts

  • The organization has installed some 36 community water filters (each has a daily capacity to filter and provide 10,000 gallons of clean drinking water)


  • 852 latrines have been constructed

  • 47,240 people trained in sanitation and hygiene


  • 98,914 cubic meters of rubble removed so rebuilding can begin

  • 179 sites have been cleared


  • The organization has trained some 408 mothers in maternal/child health (how to care for a newborn, breast-feed, etc.)

  • Provided temporary salaries for 200 teachers in 20 schools in Port-au-Prince and Leogane


  • 14 shiploads of relief cargo and heavy machinery for rubble removal efforts (35 chartered relief flights)

  • 10 chartered flights, specifically loaded with cholera relief supplies (since Oct. 22)


  • Funds raised: $51 million

  • Total funds spent: $30 million (work is ongoing)

  • Staff: 150 expatriates (which includes full-time Haiti-based project staff and medical volunteers) and more than 900 national

Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief organization that provides immediate, no-red-tape response to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations - especially in locations where few others are working.  Samaritan's Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.