Photo: Collapsed building in Haiti
On the morning of Saturday, August 14, Haiti was struck by a severe earthquake and on August 16, Tropical Storm Grace also hit Haiti, making an already dire situation much worse. A recent estimate of the death toll is close to 2,000, with more than 9,000 people injured and over 680,000 estimated in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. The crisis is straining resources already stretched by the pandemic, political instability, and previous natural disasters.
The United Church has been in contact with long-time partner, the Karl Leveque Cultural Institute, who reported that while members of their community are safe, many of them lost their livestock, and their homes were damaged or destroyed.
As in the case of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, partners of the United Church worked with communities to respond to the immediate emergency. One of those partners is the Haitian Methodist Church which works in the hardest hit areas of the country. Their initial responses have included providing first aid, medical supplies, water, temporary shelters, and food.
The United Church of Canada, through the Global Emergency Response Fund, made an immediate grant of $10,000 to support the efforts of the Haitian Methodist Church in responding to the immediate needs of the people and has now launched a fundraising campaign for the longer work of recovery and restoration.
The Social Justice team of our congregation invite you to support this campaign by donating to the Emergency Response Fund. When we give to this Fund, 100% of our donation goes directly to emergency relief, with 85% of each donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Our regular donations to the Mission & Service Fund enable the United Church to cover all of the administrative costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.
You can donate by cheque or through an e-transfer to [email protected] Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Haiti" on your cheque or e-transfer.
[Photo: Buildings damaged by the earthquake in Haiti, August 2021. Credit: Tearfund Canada, 2021. All rights reserved, permission required for further use.]