THE SITUATION

Haiti experienced a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14, 2021, with the epicenter in the south of the island near Saint-Louis-du-Sud.

The earthquake, which has caused over 2,200 deaths and thousands more injured, has also damaged homes and smaller infrastructure, displacing thousands.

Only days later, the island was hit by Tropical Depression Grace, which disrupted humanitarian efforts and caused further damage.

The earthquake and tropical depression come as Haiti is already experiencing a political crisis, after the assassination of the President in early July. The resulting unrest and violence throughout the country has cut off supplies of food, fuel, and essential goods and displaced more than 19,000 people from their homes. This has contributed to a sharp increase in gender-based violence and incidence of sexual violence, which nearly doubled in the capital and southern areas of the country.

Your donation today will help families in Haiti access urgent emergency services and support.

CARE'S RESPONSE

CARE was among the first international organizations on the ground in earthquake-affected Grande Anse, building on our ongoing recovery and development programs in the area.

We are currently moving pre-positioned stocks of humanitarian supplies (including water supplies, water purification tablets, and tents) from Port-au-Prince to affected areas. CARE aims to provide immediate relief to families, including: 

  • Water and hygiene kit distribution
  • Temporary shelter and safe access to drinking water
  • Securing nutritious food
  • Protection, psycho-social support, and awareness campaigns about COVID-19 prevention and gender-based violence prevention and support

Thanks to CARE’s existing infrastructure and staff, we are well placed to address these critical needs of the people of Haiti. With your support, we can quickly expand our ability to provide emergency relief and support efforts now.