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Your support is urgently needed so that we can ensure Haitian families most affected have immediate and longterm support to rebuild their homes and their lives.

With your support, Habitat plans to help;

11,700 people with emergency shelter kits and solutions

8,100 people through water, sanitation and hygiene interventions and COVID-19 prevention measures

3,000-5,000 people with unconditional cash to cover basic needs, especially for vulnerable families

2,700 people through transitional shelter solutions

5,000 people through permanent housing solutions

Haiti remains the poorest country in the Latin America and Caribbean region and among the poorest countries in the world. In addition to the challenges created by COVID and the political uncertainty, Haiti is highly vulnerable to natural hazards, mainly hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.

Habitat for Humanity has worked in Haiti since 1984 and is well placed to respond to this latest disaster. Habitat was part of the response to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. We distributed more than 25,000 emergency shelter kits and helped build more than 5,000 transitional shelters and 300 new homes and repairs.

Habitat has strong partnerships with communities in Haiti’s South West Peninsula. Following Hurricane Matthew in 2016 Habitat partnered with families to build 1200 homes. Habitat’s ongoing work in the affected region includes constructing latrines and water points and delivering programmes designed to make communities more resilient to disasters.

As a humanitarian organization, Habitat is laser focused on the needs of the people, especially their immediate and long-term housing needs. There are many barriers to this response but Habitat is committed to work with local, national and international networks to co-ordinate relief and recovery for those who need it most.

 

Habitat in Haiti

  • At 8:30 am local time on Aug. 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti’s southwestern peninsula, causing significant damage in the region, including the cities of Les Cayes, Jeremie and Anse à Veaux.

     

  • The death toll (Aug 17) stands at more than 2,000, with 12,000 people injured and an unknown number still missing.

     

  • So far officials have documented more than 130,000 homes destroyed or damaged so far, but this figure is expected to rise significantly as more areas are surveyed.

     

  • Search and rescue crews continue to extract people trapped under rubble. Hospitals are struggling to cope with the surge of injured people

     

  • Many frightened residents are choosing to sleep outside because of frequent aftershocks and Tropical Storm Grace brought heavy rains which is complicating relief and recovery efforts.

Habitat’s response

Habitat’s team on the ground is already assessing the shelter needs in the impacted area and developing response options for early recovery and reconstruction phases. Habitat is part of the regional coordination platform for disaster preparedness and response in Latin America and the Caribbean (OCHA-REDLAC) and will work in partnership to ensure efforts are not duplicated.