WorldShare Update - Haiti Earthquake Response
On the 14th of August the Western peninsula of Haiti was struck by a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake, destroying 55,000 homes, and damaging a further 77,000. Over 2,200 people have died and an estimated 800,000 people have been impacted. The need in the most affected areas is huge, but through the generosity of WorldShare supporters, our partners on the ground in Haiti have been able to respond rapidly.
Our regular ministry partner, PiFò Haiti, is situated away from the epicentre on the Haitian island of La Gonâve, so has limitations on the levels of immediate assistance they can provide. We are, however, working with other local Christian organisations, whom we have partnered with before, to bring emergency relief to those most in need.
Within hours of the earthquake, local ministry teams sprang into action, courageously travelling through the impacted areas, visiting church and community leaders to assess the situation. Teams on the ground then channelled their resources to start providing immediate help to 3,600 of the neediest families identified with the help of local pastors. Vital supplies such as food packages, hygiene kits and plastic sheeting for shelter have already reached 1,200 of the 3,600 families left homeless, grieving, or injured (pictured below). This initial season of emergency relief will continue for many weeks to come.
As well as providing emergency relief, our partners in Haiti are also looking to the future, and how they can help repair the thousands of homes which have been destroyed or damaged. Above are just some examples of the devastating damage caused by the earthquake.
Please continue to pray for all those have been impacted in Haiti. As well as the physical loss, for many people it has brought back the trauma of the 2010 earthquake where over 200,000 lives were lost.