On Tuesday, January 10, 2010 Haiti suffered a catastrophic earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale. The government estimated that more than 300,000 people died and another million were displaced.
As Haiti is just a short two hour plane journey from Amadeus' offices in Miami, our staff there made a concrete plan to help. We provided volunteer work, partnered with industry colleagues such as the Great Commission Alliance (GCA), doctors, local people and institutions, to make sure we brought sustainability in our efforts and not just sporadic contributions.
In addition to urgent support from the Amadeus volunteers and doctors, the GCA proposed that Amadeus fund the building of an orphanage in Mirebalais. Starting in November 2010 and working throughout all of 2011 through a wide variety of employee and customer fund raising events, Amadeus North America raised over $140,000 to build the orphanage.
Throughout 2011 various Amadeus North America employees volunteered in Haiti through the GCA in support of the Amadeus Orphanage.
One of Amadeus key travel industry partners was also keen to support the project and agreed to sponsor the building of a school for the orphans and the local children of Mirebalais. The orphanage is currently receiving its finishing touches and should be ready for its grand opening in June 2012, whilst the school will open later in the year in September.
A summary of the initiative and the spirit of our involvement are included in the video below: Amadeus in Haiti.