In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the country. With an epicenter only about 15 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, the impact was catastrophic. An estimated 300,000+ were killed, and approximately 1.5 million were left homeless. For a country with no leadership and plagued by poverty, there seemed to be no hope of recovery.
* Statistics from The World Factbook, “Haiti,” August, 2015