On Saturday 14 August Haiti was devastated by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that tore through the regions of South, Nippes, and Grand’Anse. When the quake hit, families not only lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods, they also lost their sense of safety.
The earthquake affected 15,654 Compassion-supported children. Of this number, tragically, 16 died. In addition, 12,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, alongside 34 buildings belonging to Compassion’s church partners.
But you were there to supply much needed funds that are now being used to help rebuild lives.
Thanks to your generous donation, we’ve been able to send more than £826,000 in relief funding to Haiti to aid the disaster response. This is how your donations have and will be used.
In the short-term, we have:
Supplied food kits and hygiene packs for 15,654 children, youth and families.
Distributed more than 3,000 food and hygiene kits to affected children in nine church partners.
Provided 37 local church partners with cash transfers so families of Compassion-supported children could buy food and basic necessities.
In the long-term:
We’ll strengthen a powerful and effective support system: our local church partners.
We’ll repair or rebuild 12,000 homes and 34 of Compassion’s church projects to withstand future earthquakes and hurricanes. In parts of Haiti, Compassion’s local church partner buildings double as schools. Reconstruction means teachers can again deliver education, restoring children’s safety and sense of normality.
Our aim is to stabilise the community as the church continues to support and serve them into the future.
Compassion has been on the frontline, assisting vulnerable children and their families. In this video, Edouard Lessegue, Compassion’s Vice President of Latin America and Caribbean Region, provided an update on our immediate response to this disaster.
Compassion has a long history of serving children and families in poverty on the island nation and is mobilising staff and funds to support people who have been impacted by the quake.
Staff members from our National Office are supporting our church partners, children and their families. Sponsors have been informed if their sponsored child has been affected.
Compassion responded immediately by offering food and hygiene kits and supporting local churches as they served their community. Additional immediate relief includes:
Children have been separated from their caregivers in the mayhem of the earthquake.
We are setting up child-friendly spaces that offer refuge for unaccompanied minors to safely wait as missing caregivers are located. Children are provided a safe place to play and process their emotions with trusted adults.
The political turmoil, combined with desperation, has created an increase in kidnappings and gang violence.
To avoid inherent dangers in displacement camps, Compassion is trying to keep families and children together. Temporary shelters will be set up on their own land with the potential to become permanent shelters and homes in the future.
So far, 46 projects have been impacted, which serve more than 17,000 children.
Initial estimates for the cost for emergency response and rebuilding is in the region of $20m USD.
Compassion is using donations to also help with long-term needs such as:
Compassion UK is collecting donations for the recovery process.
“We are asking our supporters to donate to our Haiti Disaster Appeal. And we are asking people to pray,” says Justin. “Pray for the children and family members who have been injured, displaced or whose homes have been destroyed. Please pray for God’s comfort for those who have lost loved ones and those who are still waiting to hear their news. Pray also that aid will swiftly get to all those affected by this disaster.”
Further prayer points:
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