On January 12, 2010, the Caribbean nation of Haiti was struck by the worst earthquake it had experienced in more than 200 years. More than 200,000 people died, untold thousands were injured, and an estimated two million were left homeless following the sudden collapse of buildings and houses.

Helping victims of Haiti’s earthquake access clean water; photo: Paul Jeffrey, ACT

CCA’s Response

Seven of CCA’s members are present on the field in Haiti, either directly or through long-term partners. Within days of this disaster, CCA responded immediately with food, water, and temporary shelter to thousands in need.

CCA also submitted a $1.9 million proposal to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA IHA) to provide tools, kitchen kits, hygiene kits, tarps, rope, metal roof sheeting, water, and sanitation services in Grand-Goâve and Léogâne under the direction of its member agency Canadian Lutheran World Relief. While this project was not funded by CIDA, CCA member agencies continue the programming using funds from member agencies.

CCA is rounding out the response by working through Canadian Lutheran World Relief (lead partner) and World Renew/CRWRC (implementing partner) to construct core houses. Each core house is a permanent structure built to earthquake and hurricane resistant standards. Recipients of core homes also receive training on how they can add on to their home with locally available materials as their time and finances allow. This program was made possible, in part, by an $89,000 grant to the CCA network from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation.


In Canada, CCA members have raised $26.75 million for the Haiti earthquake response (as of May 4, 2010) and have already programmed $13.45 million.

CCA members contributed $15.7 million to CIDA’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund (HERF) before the February 12, 2010 deadline. CCA members now hope to access some of those matching funds for additional programming. As a first step, CCA has submitted a concept paper to CIDA to fund an additional 200 transitional shelters with a budget of $500,000.