Men build the frames for classrooms to replace a Port-au-Prince school that collapsed in the earthquake. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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A Year After Quake, Challenges Remain For Haiti

Haitians are struggling with the slow pace of recovery. Officials and aid workers say part of the problem is coordination and understanding need.

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A year after a massive earthquake destroyed much of Port-au-Prince, more than a million people remain in makeshift housing in Haiti's capital, in encampments such as this one near the slum of Cite Soleil. Local workers are building 18-by-9-foot transitional wooden shelters here to house some of the 800 families living in the camp. Valentina Pasquali for NPR hide caption

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There are no proper roads in Cabaret, just tracks worn in the dirt and paths that wind amid haphazardly fenced plots. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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The central market in downtown Port-au-Prince was destroyed in the earthquake, as seen in this Jan. 14, 2010, photo. By Jan. 8, 2011, some of the rubble had been removed. hide caption

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Haitians watch the L.A. County Search and Rescue working at a collapsed building in downtown Port-au-Prince, Jan. 16, 2010. Weak walls allow for a "pancake collapse" like this one, one engineer says. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Romel Joseph, founder of The New Victorian School in Haiti, and his daughter Victoria perform at the Aventura Cultural Center in Miami on Jan. 8. It was Joseph's first performance since last year's earthquake. Neil Oxenburg/Courtesy of Victoria Joseph hide caption

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Haitian President Rene Preval (center) prepares to lay a wreath on Jan. 11 at St. Christophe in Port-au-Prince, where thousands of victims of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake are buried. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Two women check their cellphones as they hawk their wares on a bridge over the Artibonite River, whose waters are believed to be the source of Haiti's 2010 cholera outbreak. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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