HAITI EARTHQUAKE 2021
UPDATED FRIDAY AUGUST 20, 2021 12:27 PM EST
Matthew 25: Ministries is continuing our response to the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday, August 14. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake was a stronger magnitude than the devastating quake that struck Haiti in 2010. As of now, officials are reporting over 2,000 deaths, more than 12,000 people injured, and approximately 130,000 homes damaged or destroyed, plus hospitals, schools, bridges, and other public infrastructure as a result of the earthquake. Numbers are expected to continue to rise over the coming days as recovery efforts continue. Tropical Depression Grace also moved through Haiti just days after the earthquake, causing heavy rain, flooding, and mudslides in impacted areas. Many areas had at least 5 inches of rain and some areas likely had up to 10 inches of rain. This complicated rescue and recovery efforts, as well as created further challenges for displaced families.
Matthew 25: Ministries’ response is actively underway. We are thankful to have staff and long-term partners on the ground, who are already working to provide immediate, direct relief to the impacted areas. Our response is multi-faceted:
On the morning of August 20, Matthew 25: Ministries’ team of Haitian staff members departed for the impacted areas with vehicles loaded with essential supplies like food, water, personal care items and tarps as well as supplies for mobile medical clinics staffed by the team’s health professionals. The team will be providing supplies and services in the Les Cayes, Camp Perrin, and Les Anglais areas. Many hospitals have been severely damaged or completely destroyed, and the operational hospitals are overwhelmed. Matthew 25’s medical team will be setting up mobile clinics, helping to meet Haiti’s immediate healthcare needs and alleviate the strain on local resources.
- Matthew 25 already had disaster supplies prepositioned with partners in the area, facilitating rapid initial response.
- Matthew 25’s Haitian staff members are also purchasing supplies in-country for immediate distribution, including food, water, medical supplies and other relief items for the impacted areas in Haiti.
- Matthew 25 is shipping containers of supplies to partners in Haiti to support relief efforts and provide desperately-needed aid to those affected by this disaster. We shipped two containers on August 20, carrying personal care items, cleaning products, blankets, work gloves, face masks, and more. Additional containers are scheduled to ship in the coming weeks.
Matthew 25: Ministries has worked to improve conditions in Haiti through shipments of humanitarian aid since 1998. After the historic earthquake in 2010, Matthew 25: Ministries increased its level of involvement in Haiti, shipping hundreds of containers of disaster relief and humanitarian aid, leading medical mission trips to assist with healthcare needs, supporting orphanages and creating programs to provide job opportunities, affordable healthcare and other services. In 2016, Matthew 25 responded to Hurricane Matthew, which hit this same region of Haiti.
How to Help
The earthquake comes in the midst of severe economic and political challenges, the persistent COVID-19 pandemic and an active hurricane season, and has left the already impoverished country in an even more difficult state. Matthew 25 is requesting donations of the following types of items to supplement existing supplies, for restocking during their response to the Haiti Earthquake, and for future distributions:
- Monetary donations: Donate online or mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (100% of donated funds designated for Haiti Earthquake Relief will be used for the purpose intended)
- Cases of bottled water (12- and 24- count)
- Personal care products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion, etc.
- Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach (powdered form is preferred), mops, scrub brushes, buckets, rubber gloves, etc.
- Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels, etc.
- Baby and infant supplies: Diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion, etc.
- First-aid items: Bandages, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs, etc.