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Video: British Red Cross bids farewell to Haiti

6 August 2015

More than five years after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, the British Red Cross has left the country.

The final phase of our recovery programme was completed at the end of last month, bringing to an end our work in Port-au-Prince.

Overcoming challenges

Our recovery work was focused on Delmas 19, a small community in the capital that was badly affected by the earthquake.

“Our departure from Haiti marks the end of an incredible journey,” said Ted Tuthill, head of region.

“We arrived in the immediate hours after the earthquake. We’ve stayed on to ensure we could make a long-term, sustainable difference to the lives of people in one of the poorest countries in the world.

“It’s been one of the toughest places we’ve worked in and we’ve had to overcome numerous hurdles along the way.

A Haitian Red Cross worker bumps fists with a local toddler © Info

“Working together with the local community and Haitian Red Cross staff, we’ve achieved a great deal.

“None of this would have been possible without the generous donations of the British public.”

Learning for the future

A team of independent evaluators has begun the process of reviewing our work in Haiti. The report will be published in the autumn.

“We always look to learn from our experiences as we seek to improve and advance our operations,” added Ted.

While the British Red Cross is leaving Haiti, the wider Red Cross Movement will still have a big presence in the country.

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