On January 12, 2010 the people of Haiti experienced an earthquake that measured a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale. More than 230,000 people were killed as a result of this earthquake. One and a half million Haitians were initially displaced. As of September 2014 over 85,000 people were still displaced.
St. Joseph Home for Boys
The earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince and left the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys near complete collapse. As a result, the young residents of the home were forced to relocate to Trinity House, a St. Joseph Family facility in Jacmel, roughly 50 miles south of Port-au-Prince on the Caribbean Sea.
- Read the story of Bill’s rescue, written by one of his rescuers
- Read the ABC news story about Bill’s rescue
- Hear Bill’s story about the earthquake
- Learn how the tree that saved Bill’s life became the Tree of Life
- Read the story of a visitor who experienced the earthquake firsthand
- Read the reflections of a visitor whose travel plans, scheduled for Jan 21st, were interrupted due to the earthquake
Wings of Hope
After the earthquake of 2010 destroyed Wings of Hope, all residents at Wings of Hope were relocated to two rental homes. However, these homes were not handicap-accessible and the children and staff face numerous challenges in their daily tasks and educational and therapy programs. Working closely with prominent Haitian architect Lionel Allen and with support from donors across the world, the St. Joseph Family and Hearts with Haiti recently rebuilt a new, handicap-accessible, earthquake-resistant Wings of Hope. This new home is located in Jacmel, Haiti and includes facilities for education, therapy, living, recreation, and worship.
On January 29, 2016 visitors from near and far gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Wings of Hope. Nearly 100 visitors from over a dozen organizations were present to congratulate the family and tour their new home!
Located just next door to the new Wings of Hope is Lekòl sen Trinite, a school that provides an education for over 150 of the city’s poorest children, and a beautiful, well-appointed guest house for visitors.