On the 12th of January, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake turned the world's attention to Haiti. Within the following days thousands of teams of humanitarian workers were deployed from around the world.
The catastrophic quake caused cracks in the national education system, government health services and opened questions into a country already dependent on foreign development aid.
The provision of shelter proved to be one of the most challenging aspects of the emergency assistance, with thousands of Haitians left without adequate shelter, compounded by the island's annual rainy season. Makeshift camps for internally displaced persons continued to grow as chronic politically institutional complications stalled distribution of aid.
Health clinics took on a more complicated task of not only helping victims of the earthquake to recover from injuries, but also to address chronic illness and health complications liked to pre existing problems within the nation's infrastructure.
Following the devastating event, Haitians attempted to recover from the earthquake; facing increasingly new challenges and growing insecurity. The daily routines of many Haitians have become an amalgamation of previous hardships and new difficulties, stemming from life-altering injuries, psychological trauma, and loss of livelihood.