On Saturday, Aug. 14, Haiti was
hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, particularly in the southwest of the country. The death toll rose to 1,300 by Aug. 16, per Reuters, and nearly 6,000 people have been injured. The country is now bracing for the impact of Tropical Storm Grace, which will complicate search and rescue operations.
This is the second massive earthquake in 11 years for Haiti, which was devastated by
another powerful quake in 2010 that killed tens of thousands of people. It is also the second major destabilizing event of the year: Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated on July 7 in unclear circumstances.
Kamala Harris tweeted on Saturday that the United States would “move quickly” to “assess the damage and assist in recovery.” USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, deployed a disaster relief team to help the island on Aug. 15, according to USAID head Samantha Power, while tennis player Naomi Osaka, who is of Haitian descent, tweeted that she’ll donate her winnings from the Western & Southern Open this week to earthquake relief efforts.
Because some international aid organizations’ responses to the 2010 earthquake were
criticized for mismanaging funds, Haitians in the country and in diaspora are calling for donations to locally based aid groups. Here’s where you can donate to make the biggest impact on the ground in Haiti. Health Equity International Zanmi Lasante Zanmi Lasante, together with Partners In Health, is a medical organization operating across Haiti. It provides training for doctors, support for pregnant people, access to mental health care, cancer screenings, HIV treatment, and a host of other services, particularly for people in poor areas. It is currently mobilizing its outreach and emergency teams to help provide medical care to survivors of the quake. You can donate here. Hope For Haiti
Hope for Haiti works across southern Haiti, operating a hospital, 24 community healthcare projects, mobile clinics, and nutrition and teacher training programs. It also funds clean water and infrastructure development in remote areas. The organization has
reported a lot of damage to its medical facilities, but it’s prepping emergency kits to support vulnerable families ASAP. You can donate here. Ayiti Demen FOKAL, a grassroots charity based in Southern Haiti run by Ayiti Demen, channels funds to local farmers, women’s organizations, and small local businesses. It’s setting up a relief fund similar to its efforts after 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, hoping to keep business owners out of poverty, support rebuilding, and make sure Haitian voices are prioritized in recovery. You can donate here.
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