Haiti Earthquake Response


DEVELOPING:
On August 14, 2021, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti.

As of August 18th, the death toll has reached 1,941, with thousands more injured or missing. Post-earthquake challenges were exacerbated when Tropical Depression Grace hit Haiti on August 16th.

OpUSA is monitoring the situation, contacting partners, assessing opportunities to provide support and readying material aid.

Survivors are desperately in need of aid. Your donations make our relief work possible. Please visit give.opusa.org to help now.




August 18, 2021–OpUSA programs staff have made contact with partners at Fondation L’Athletique D’Haiti and begun identifying needs in the earthquake’s aftermath. While we work to identify opportunities to ship aid safely and effectively into Haiti–a process which faces many logistical challenges–our more immediate focus will be making cash grants to FLADH and other community-based partners to aid in recovery for displaced students and teachers (and their families) in Jeremie and Les Cayes. Our capacity to make grants, which will ensure access to food, water, medical care and other vital supplies, is directly dependent on fundraising and the generosity of our supporters.

To donate, visit give.opusa.org. See firsthand photos of the devastation in Haiti from FLADH here.


August 16, 2021–Operation USA is pleased to report that Jacmel–where (with the support of partners) we previously constructed a school following the devastating 2010 earthquake–has suffered minimal damage. Early reports indicate that the most severe damage and loss of life occurred in the country’s southwestern region.

As the situation continues to develop and the extent of damage becomes known, OpUSA is working to connect with partners on the ground and identify any/all opportunities to provide relief through cash grants, material aid and long-term recovery projects. Our thoughts remain with all those who have been impacted by this latest disaster, as we know conditions in the country were already challenging and many families–in the midst of ongoing poverty, violence, political crises and the global pandemic–were already struggling.

Your donations at this time are crucial to our ability to deliver support. Please consider a gift now at give.opusa.org. Thank you for your generosity.


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MORE NEWS:

Learn more about Operation USA’s history in Haiti here.

NBC: Drone Video Shows Devastation in Haiti

NEW YORK TIMES: What We Know About the Haiti Earthquake

NPR: Haiti Was Hit By Another Earthquake, Why Does This Keep Happening?