The Caribbean nation of Haiti suffered a catastrophic earthquake of 7.2 magnitude on the morning of Saturday 14 August 2021. The earthquake’s epicentre was in the South of the country in the Departments of Nippes, Grand’Anse and Sud and was followed by a number of aftershocks. The death toll at the time of writing is over 2,100 but expected to rise. Thousands are injured and missing and many thousand homes and public buildings have been destroyed or damaged resulting in many families becoming homeless.
A state of emergency has been declared in the impoverished nation; the situation being exacerbated by the political situation following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July. It will be further compounded by the arrival of Tropical Storm Grace which is expected to cause flooding and landslides in the affected areas and further damaging infrastructure and transport links.
The initial aid response has indicated an urgent need for clean water and shelter amongst other emergency items. Along with our partners in Disaster Aid International, we have been liaising with agencies and authorities in Haiti to ascertain how we can help.
Can you imagine waking up on a Saturday morning and realising you have lost everything … loved ones, your home and all your possessions? The people of Haiti desperately need our help. Can you donate to help us give ‘a hand up, not a handout’ in their time of need?