On 12 January 2010, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 shattered the Republic of Haiti, leaving over 200 000 people dead and 1.5 million homeless. The world, horrified by the disaster, responded with urgency to help the victims of the tragedy. With important government buildings destroyed and many civic employees dead or injured, Haitians had to rely on the generosity and humanitarian efforts of other countries, NGOs and individual donors to provide sustenance and hope.
Many Ismaili Muslims were among those who responded to the disaster, using their resources and skills to find creative ways to provide timely assistance to Haitians.
Rebuilding Haiti Given the complete collapse of infrastructure following the quake, receiving goods from abroad and storing and distributing them in Haiti has proven to be difficult. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and former US President Bill Clinton released a statement urging the global community to send cash that would help in purchasing items of necessity on the ground.
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