According to the United States Geological Survey, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck five miles from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes in the western part of Haiti, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince, the capital. Two cities, Les Cayes and Jeremie, located in Haiti’s southern peninsula, have reported major devastation with people caught under rubble and buildings collapsed. The quake, which had a depth of seven miles, was felt as far away as Jamaica, 200 miles away.
According to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency, at least 9,900 people are injured and an estimated 1,941 are confirmed dead as of Tuesday, August 17, 2021. In addition, 84,585 homes were destroyed and/or damaged from the earthquake, leaving upwards of 60,000 families homeless. Hospitals, schools, offices and churches also were destroyed or badly damaged.
What is currently being done?
Government rescue workers and Humanitarian Aid groups have established a single operation center in Port-au-Prince to coordinate search and rescue and other earthquake response efforts.
What are the immediate needs?
There is a need for basic supplies such as food kits, drinking water, hygiene kits, medical supplies, and temporary shelter, such as tents/tarps.
How is HPP helping?
Through its Haiti Relief Fund, HPP is partnering with Tearfund Haiti to aid with on the ground relief efforts. Cash donations are preferred as it is allows for local procurement, which is more cost-effective, time-efficient, and contributes to longer term recovery. You can support HPP's Haiti Relief Fund by clicking DONATE or by visiting https://www.phillyhpp.org/support-us.
HPP is a non-profit all volunteer membership-based organization founded in 2008 whose mission is to:
serve as a platform for connecting Haitian professionals, interns, apprentices, and entrepreneurs;
support the professional development and cultural advancement of the Haitian Community in the Greater Philadelphia area; and
contribute to the educational and community development of partner communities in Haiti.
HPP Members benefit from professional and career development seminars and workshops, networking opportunities, cultural programming, and an avenue to give back to Haiti via the Haiti Relief Fund. The Haiti Relief Fund is a foundation created by HPP to support member and partner organizations that provide disaster relief and/or are working to advance education, professional, technical, and sustainable development in Haiti.
The Tearfund organization has been working in Haiti for over 50 years alongside local partners and networks such as CBOs and faith-based institutions to tackle inequality, respond to disasters and build resilience.