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Rebuilding Haiti Three Years Later

Jan 16th, 2013Design, Health, International, Photos & Videos

by Anja Tranovich

January 12th marked the third anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. The total cost of the disaster was between $8 billion and $14 billion, the Inter-American Development Bank estimates, with 200,000 to 250,000 deaths. The country is still struggling to rebuild and recovery efforts keep getting hit by new disasters: hurricanes and disease outbreaks.

ACDI/VOCA, an international development organization, works in Haiti’s Southeast Department, one of the country’s least food-secure areas. The USAID-funded program there works to build resilience by improving the health and nutrition of women and children, helping farmers increase productivity and developing an early warning system to better spot food-security crises.  

Artist Kerry Rodgers traveled to Belle Anse in the southeast and created drawings and text of program participants and staff that relay intimate portraits of the ongoing recovery. To date the ACDI/VOCA program has worked with 27,000 farmers introducing drought-tolerant and high-yield crop varieties and new planting techniques; and reached over 40,000 children and lactating women with its nutrition and health program. These are some of their stories:

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