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Haiti: After the Quake

The initial shock of the 2010 earthquake has passed, but Haiti continues its struggle to overcome both man-made and natural disasters. Amidst the rubble, a devastated infrastructure and untold suffering, there is also an unprecedented opportunity to build Haiti back better.

Haiti: After the Quake is a showcase of reporting projects produced by the Pulitzer Center in 2010. Through video, photography, interviews, articles, and even poetry, these projects explore the critical issues affecting Haiti's future: development, poverty, displacement, HIV/AIDS, educational reform, and the role of international aid.

Kwame Dawes, Lisa Armstrong and photographer Andre Lambertson made a total of 10 trips to Haiti during 2010. Their projects, “Resilience in a Ravaged Nation” and “After the Quake: HIV/AIDS in Haiti” document violence against vulnerable women in tent camps, the challenges faced by senior doctors at health organizations as well as portraits of individual Haitians simply fighting to survive.

In “Life on the Margins,” Stephen Sapienza and Stephanie Hanes document the growing marginalization of individuals of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic.
Paul Franz explores the challenges-and importance of-of education in post-quake Haiti in Rebuilding Haiti's Education System from the Ground Up.

Haiti's Reconstruction: Building Back Better features reports from William Wheeler and Justin Thomas Ostensen on why the international reconstruction efforts fall short, how those failures contributed to the outbreak of cholera, and what it will take to "build back better."

This reporting was part of a special series on PBS Newshour and USA Today.

Haiti: After the Quake

July 28, 2017

Haiti's Sewage Solution

Rebecca Hersher

A plan to build sewage treatment plants all over Haiti after the 2010 earthquake has stalled, despite millions of dollars in international funding.

October 02, 2014

Cholera: A Tale of Two Cities

Sonia Shah

The cholera epidemic that hit Haiti four years ago bears some startling resemblances to one that devastated Manhattan two centuries earlier.

February 24, 2013

A Steady Hand for Haiti

Tony Leys , Mary Chind

An Iowa-based medical team has been traveling to rural Haiti for years, assisting residents with health crises while searching for long-term ways to help the people improve their own situations.

July 11, 2012

Changing Waters: Cholera Permeates Life in Haiti

Meghan Dhaliwal, Jason Hayes

Before the international response to the earthquake of 2010 one challenge Haiti didn't face was cholera. Now it does, with 7,000 already dead and a continuing challenge for the entire country.

September 20, 2010

Rebuilding Haiti's Education System from the Ground Up

Paul Franz

As Haiti continues its recovery from the January earthquake, reconstruction in the country takes many forms. With a literacy rate of about 50 percent, Haiti's education system has struggled to provide for its youth, especially those living in rural areas. The disaster only exacerbated the pervasive institutional problems faced...

August 19, 2010

After the Quake: HIV/AIDS in Haiti

Lisa Armstrong, Kwame Dawes, Andre Lambertson

Last January's earthquake destroyed Haiti's health care system, once at the forefront of the struggle to treat and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. A look at life since the quake, for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Haiti: Trash in Paradise

Rebecca Hersher explores the cost of not having a public sanitation system on the community of Cite Soleil in Haiti.

The Secret Car Horn Language Of Port-Au-Prince

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is known for its terrible traffic, partly caused by lack of reliable street lights. So drivers there have come up with their own complicated language.

Meet Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes is a Ghanaian-Jamaican writer and poet. He is the author of more than a dozen collections of verse, including the critically-acclaimed "Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country." Dawes is also the author of numerous plays, essays and books.