Update September 30, 2021
We have been overwhelmed by your generous response to the Haiti earthquake that took place on August 14th. God has been blessing the work that is made possible through your donations. Because of HHI's consistent presence in Haiti over the past 11 years, we were able to mobilize our own local employees quickly to coordinate relief efforts.
In a short month and a half, our team in Haiti has built over 48 emergency shelters. Though the shelters were built with the intention of serving as temporary relief, locals have shared their plans to use the structures long term. The shelters are constructed to be both earthquake and hurricane-resilient. Additionally, over 6,200 meals have been distributed to those most in need.
We continue to survey 14 local churches and their members to identify needs, striving to make sure no one is overlooked. The local employees and teams we are partnering with have worked long and hard to serve their community. Rain, mud, and a lack of sleep are not enough to deter this motivated group of local HHI employees. We praise God for their protection as they travel through violent, gang-controlled areas. It is inspiring to watch as Haitians helping Haitians and serving as the core and the backbone of this disaster relief operation.
Update August 24, 2021
Thank you! Your heartfelt response to the needs of the people of Haiti has been humbling and encouraging. As our staff and partners on the ground assess needs daily, we are able to quickly respond because of your support. Here are just a few of the ways that your gifts are already making an impact:
Today, our staff on the ground are loading a flatbed truck to join a caravan of aid workers headed into the disaster site. We covet your prayers as the group will be escorted by the police through gang-controlled areas. Once they arrive at the site, the team will begin to build a staging point for on-going relief work. They will construct temporary shelters (powered by solar panels) using supplies that can later be recycled to build permanent homes for the residents there. The team also plans to setup a food distribution center.
In addition, HHI is currently partnering with a sister organization to provide transportation and supplies for a group of 20 Haitian doctors who are stationed in the hardest hit region. The team will begin treating immediate medical needs of local residents injured by the earthquake.
Update August 18, 2021
The damage done by the earthquake in Haiti on Saturday is devastating. This earthquake was even more intense than the January 12, 2010 earthquake and lasted longer -- a full 1 minute. Currently, the death toll has risen to nearly 2,000 people and injured almost 10,000.
The situation was made all the more desperate as Tropical Depression Grace brought significant rain and many areas are experiencing intense flooding. A landslide has blocked some of the major roads leading into the cities hit the hardest, preventing emergency resources from reaching the places it is most needed. Progress is being made to open these roads by the end of the week.
Church leaders in this region who were actively involved in relief efforts in 2010 report that many buildings have either collapsed or experienced major structural damage including eight churches/school buildings and over 400 homes of local church members. Thousands of people are now homeless and sleeping on the ground. We fear more loss of life as many individuals need medical attention, food, water, and shelter. There is an overwhelming need and much work to be done.
Healing Hands International is currently partnering with employees in Haiti, local church leaders and Hope for Haiti’s Children to provide immediate relief. The plan includes bringing in a team of doctors, construction workers, and engineers to begin healing and rebuilding the community. As you are reading this email, HHI employees and Christians on the ground are purchasing food, water, tarps, solar lights, propane stoves, and medicine to address the most urgent needs of survivors.
Brothers and Sisters, many of you have already generously responded to the call to help our friends in Haiti. We are grateful for your support during crises like these which allows us to aid triage efforts. When we respond to disasters as the hands and feet of Jesus, we have the opportunity to share the gospel and demonstrate Christ’s love. May the name of the Lord be glorified through these efforts!
We ask that you continue to pray over Haiti. Pray for safe transportation of humanitarian relief, strength and wisdom for our ministry partners, and that the presence of the Lord would be felt by all those affected in Haiti. In addition, please consider partnering with us financially to send more emergency resources.
Your contributions make continued relief efforts possible.
Update August 14, 2021
Many of you have seen the devastating images coming from Haiti today as a 7.2 magnitude earthquake has left hundreds dead and thousands more injured.
Like you, we grieve with the people of Haiti who have already faced so much difficulty. We are grateful to report that all of the HHI staff on the ground in Haiti are safe. As they begin to assess the current conditions and greatest needs of their neighbors, we will mobilize to respond quickly with immediate relief supplies.
We know that you are praying for the people of Haiti. We ask you to also prayerfully consider partnering with us financially to be the hands and feet of Jesus. It is only because of faithful donors like you that we are able to respond so quickly in the face of disasters like these.
We will continue to update you as the response strategy develops. We are grateful for your support!