The quake's epicenter was 10 miles south of the country's capital, Port-au-Prince, leaving it in ruins. Most of the buildings have collapsed, including hospitals, homes and schools. About 3 million people have been affected by the most powerful quake ever recorded in the country; the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.
The Haitian government estimates the toll at 112,500 deaths and 196,500 injuries and more than 1 million people left homeless.
To date, more than $12.5 million worth of AmeriCares medical aid has been delivered to help Haitian earthquake survivors.
Hospitals and health clinics continue treating record numbers of patients despite the damage and destruction to their facilities, equipment, medicines and supplies. Thousands of survivors were injured, inundating hospitals and depleting the supplies that survived the devastating quake.
Samaritan's Purse is also providing thousands of families with emergency shelter materials until homes can be repaired or rebuilt.
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The group is concentrating on clearing debris from hospitals, clinics, schools, churches and other facilities.
A Samaritan's Purse medical team of two physicians, four registered nurses, and a pharmacist is on the ground to help meet pressing needs in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood.
"We have one clinic doctor who is only able to see about 50 people each day," said senior Pastor Leon Dorleans. "When the Samaritan's Purse team comes, we will be able to do much more."
The equipment operators are also clearing debris so church work crews can begin rebuilding the security wall that collapsed around the perimeter of the church compound.
"We're cleaning up the debris and then the church is going to hire people to rebuild the wall," equipment operator Tad Agoglia said. "At the same time, Samaritan's Purse is going to help turn this facility into a robust community clinic."
Operation Blessing International, the seventh largest international charity, is working on several projects to help the earthquake victims. The organization is handing out hot meals to children living in and around the National Soccer Stadium, installing water-purification systems, sending medical supplies and setting up clinics, among other projects.
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The mission of Action Against Hunger is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster. Click here to learn more about what Action Against Hunger is doing in Haiti and find out how to help.
Save the Children has been working in Haiti since 1985, and has offices in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince.