Haiti Earthquake Emergency

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ShelterBox sent a team to Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the country on August 14, 2021.

Buildings were flattened and hospitals already under strain from COVID-19 were overwhelmed.

Days later, Tropical Storm Grace dumped more than a foot of rain over some of the worst affected areas.

We have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Haiti to provide essential items to over 2,000 families in need.

UPDATES FROM OUR TEAMS IN HAITI


Items we have delivered in Haiti include shelter kits like tarpaulins, thermal blankets, solar lights, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water carriers.

Our teams are also providing training and technical support with the essential aid items we are providing.

WHAT HAPPENED IN HAITI?


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The earthquake struck the west of Haiti on the morning of August 14. 

The epicenter was 90 miles from the densely populated capital of Port-au-Prince and was felt across the Caribbean.

More than 135,000 homes were reported to be damaged or destroyed and over 2,200 fatalities were confirmed. Humanitarian assistance has begun in some of the hardest-to-reach areas to meet urgent needs.

Haiti is still recovering from the devastating earthquake in 2010 which caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy.

SHELTERBOX IN HAITI


ShelterBox has significant experience working in Haiti. We have worked there five times, including in 2010 after the magnitude 7 earthquake. 200,000 people lost their lives and 5 million people lost their homes.

With over 20 years of experience, we are experts in emergency shelter after disaster. We often work in places that others don’t, making sure that we reach families who need support to take the next step in resuming their livelihoods.

From Cameroon to Syria, all the way to the Philippines and the Caribbean, we have provided shelter to over 2 million people so far. And in these uncertain times, your support is more valuable than ever.

Taking Shelter after the Haiti earthquake

A family sits outside their ShelterBox tent in Haiti, after the devastating earthquake killed thousands in 2010.

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HOW DID SHELTERBOX SUPPORT FAMILIES IN THE 2010 EARTHQUAKE?

We were working in Haiti eighteen months before the earthquake struck, delivering emergency aid after a series of hurricanes left thousands of families homeless. Following the devastating earthquake in 2010, over 28,000 families were supported with essential ShelterBox aid. This included tents to provide families with emergency shelter to start recovering, kitchen sets to allow them to cook and eat together again, and mosquito nets to protect against Insect-borne diseases like malaria.

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