How One Group Is Remembering Victims Of The Haiti Earthquake

Jan 12, 2015

The 112Haiti memorial wall, where victims of the 2010 earthquake are remembered by name.

Nonprofit organization Color of Hope is remembering the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake by updating a digital memorial wall with 12 names every hour on Monday, Jan. 12.

Five years ago, the disaster ended over 300,000 lives -- and Color of Hope has been maintaining a memorial ever since. The wall can be found at 112haiti.com.

Ed Shakespierre, the organization’s founder, sought to represent victims who he says may have remained nameless otherwise.

“We noticed that a lot of people were being buried in mass graves,” Shakespierre said over the phone on Monday. “We had a team going around from house to house collecting names.”

The memorial wall currently contains over 700 names, some of which are supplemented with ages and photographs. Some of the victims remembered were as young as 10 years old.

Visitors are also free to submit the name, age and a photograph of any earthquake victims that they may have known.

Shakespierre and his associates will be updating the memorial with 12 names per hour throughout the day.

"We just want to make sure that day is remembered so that we can learn from it," Shakespierre said.

Want to help? Need more information? Send an email to info@colorofhope.org.