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August 17, 2021

Haiti Earthquake: How to Help

Johnathan Henniger / Americares

On Saturday, August 14, Haiti was hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that has left nearly 1,300 people dead, and some 6,000 injured, with search and rescue operations still underway.

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Haiti’s civil protection agency estimates that some 27,000 homes have been destroyed and the destruction has made delivery of essential supplies exponentially more difficult as time goes on. Local medical officials report that hospitals in impacted areas – already strained by the Covid-19 pandemic – are overwhelmed and short staffed.

Serious damage, injuries and casualties are being reported.

This is just the latest humanitarian crisis threatening the lives and futures of Haitians, coinciding with political instability, increased gang violence, rampant malnutrition, and a deteriorating economy. Haiti is still recovering from the disastrous earthquake of 2010, which killed more than 220,000 people.

Large aftershocks have occurred and more are expected. Now, the country is dealing with high winds, flash flooding and potential mudslides from Tropical Depression Grace, which hit the country two days after the quake.

Haiti is in dire need of medical and other disaster relief supplies

Consider making a one-time gift or setting up monthly payroll deduction through the UWCFD to one of our member organizations actively responding to the crisis in Haiti:

Global Impact (charity code 0316711) is a federation of nonprofit organizations inspiring greater giving to foster critical humanitarian development throughout the world supporting global causes such as disaster response, global health, education and reducing inequalities. Partner organizations include:

  • CARE (charity code 0315522): CARE’s Rapid Response Team is deploying experts who will provide food, temporary shelter, and vital supplies to Haitians affected by the earthquake.
  • Save the Children has a long history of responding to natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti which left more than 220,000 people dead. Your urgent support is needed to help our emergency relief efforts and provide aid as quickly as possible.
  • UNICEF USA (charity code 0315489): UNICEF is working with partners to rush vital assistance to children and families in need in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
  • Project Hope (charity code 0316050): Project HOPE has deployed an emergency response team and is mobilizing to assess immediate health needs like hygiene kits, PPE and water purification supplies to save as many lives as possible.

Doctors Without Borders (charity code 0315935) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics and natural disasters in more than 70 countries. DWB has already sent much-needed medical experts and supplies to the Haitian communities most heavily impacted by the earthquake.

American Red Cross International Services (charity code 0338058) helps vulnerable individuals and communities around the world to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies, and life-threatening health conditions.

Americares (charity code 0315518) has relief workers on the ground assisting in the response and more staff deployments are planned. Shipments of critical supplies are underway as they work with local partners to assess needs and provide support for a heavily impacted health system.

Convoy of Hope (charity code 0464880) is distributing meals, sheltering supplies, and hygiene kits to those who survived Saturday’s earthquake. They’ve also expressed their intent to support Haiti’s relief efforts in the long term.

International Medical Corps (charity code 1479246) works in conflict areas around the world and is raising money for a campaign to help provide medical equipment, PPE, isolation facilities and other essential supplies.

Hope for Haiti (charity code 1483021) supports the people of Haiti through education, health care, and infrastructural efforts. They’ve released their short- and long-term plans to respond to the most recent earthquake, including distributing medical supplies, setting up an infirmary, and, eventually, providing grants as the country rebuilds.

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