Special Coverage: Haiti

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The Jan. 12, 2010, 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti left more than 200,000 dead; displaced 1.5 million and damaged or destroyed some 300,000 buildings. The United Methodist Church was among those who rushed to respond.

Over the years — both collectively and individually — United Methodists have participated in relief efforts and long-term recovery plans focused on sustainable development. Some $45 million in donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief has supported that response, in partnership with the Methodist Church in Haiti, the Haitian government and community organizations, as well as USAID and various aid groups.


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