Haiti Earthquake Emergency

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We are deploying a ShelterBox Response Team to the Dominican Republic in response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on Saturday. 

Buildings have been flattened and hospitals already under strain from COVID-19 are overwhelmed.

Recent reports have confirmed that more than 80,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on August 14, 2021. Shortly after, Haiti was hit by Tropical Storm Grace, which passed over the earthquake’s epicenter last night. It brought with it almost 10 inches of rain, which could trigger flooding and deadly mudslides.

The ShelterBox team will work with fellow humanitarians to assess damage reports, understand from communities what they need, and work on the challenging logistics of delivering aid to areas where buildings have been reduced to rubble.

This will be the first time a ShelterBox team has deployed since the coronavirus crisis severely restricted international travel in 2020.

Communities who have lost their homes to disasters like these urgently need your support. Please donate and bring hope to a family today.


A 7.2 magnitude 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.

Search and rescue is the priority right now, so damage reports will soar in the coming days and weeks.

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

Adeline's Story

After Adeline’s house collapsed in the earthquake, she lived in a shelter made of tree leaves.

‘The tarpaulin that comes with this kit will be a lifesaver for us. We’ve not been able to get back on our feet after the earthquake, so it’s nice to receive some help when it comes.’

You can help us support people like Adeline, in Haiti and beyond. Please support our work today.

Support Our Work


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.

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


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.


Tectonic plates cover the surface of the earth. They are slow-moving, but they get stuck at their edges due to friction. When the stress on the edge overcomes the friction, there is an earthquake that releases energy in waves that travel through the earth’s crust and cause the shaking that we feel.

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