Published: Jan 11, 2011 10:54 PM EST
Updated: Jan 11, 2011 7:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is honoring the memory of those who died in the Haiti earthquake as the one year anniversary of the disaster approaches.

In a statement released ahead of Wednesday's anniversary, Obama says he continues to be inspired by the Haitian people, who he says faced unimaginable loss with extraordinary faith and courage. The earthquake devastated Haiti's capital and is estimated to have killed more than 230,000 people.

Obama says there has not been enough progress made to help Haiti recover from the earthquake and there are still too many people living in tents and too much rubble on the streets.

The president says that while the people of Haiti must lead the way forward as they rebuild their country, they will have an "enduring partner" in the U.S. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)