Haiti Earthquake Relief

Funding required: $308,000

This project will help: 15,654 children and families and 1,346 centre staff

Estimated completion date: November 2021

Country: Haiti

Executive summary

On August 14, 2021, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck Haiti’s southern peninsula killing more than 2,000 and injuring more than 12,000. Nearly 61,000 homes were destroyed and 76,000 sustained damage. In the midst of aftershocks from the earthquake, Tropical Depression Grace struck on August 16 and 17, triggering flooding in the earthquake-affected community of Les Cayes, which delayed relief efforts. Haiti was already facing the COVID-19 pandemic, gang violence and political turmoil following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, 2021. Now, an estimated 40 per cent of the population needs humanitarian assistance.

Compassion Haiti mourns the death of 14 beneficiaries and 83 caregivers and siblings. In addition, 139 Compassion-assisted children and 250 of their family members were injured. About 1,300 church partner staff have also been affected by this disaster.

Long before the earthquake, Haiti was ranked the poorest country in the Caribbean and one of the most food-insecure in the world, with 60 per cent of it’s 11 million people living in poverty. Following the last major earthquake in 2010, people experienced food insecurity and the black market grew. Those who had money could still get food, but people living in poverty could not. Generally, children are the most vulnerable in such impoverished conditions and are often exposed to exploitation of all kinds.

The most recent earthquake exacerbated an already severe situation in multiple ways. First, the earthquake disrupted food provision because it was either not available or too costly. Cash was also scarce because the banking system was closed for several days after the disaster and many people lost their jobs. People displaced by the earthquake fled to friends and relatives, who had to share their limited provisions.

Compassion Haiti is anxious to provide food relief for hungry children and their families across the country. This intervention will ensure that the families of 15,654 Compassion-assisted children and 1,346 centre staff receive packages of food staples or cash to buy their own supplies.

Did you know?

Haiti is prone to earthquakes because the country lies between two fault systems: the Septentrional fault system to the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault system in the south.



Haiti was already one of the most food-insecure countries in the world. Political upheaval following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July led to displacement of people fleeing gang violence, and a disruption in health care and other services.

A major 7.2-magnitude earthquake on August 14, 2021, followed by Tropical Storm Grace on August 16th and 17th added to the challenges. The earthquake in Haiti’s southern peninsula killed more than 2,000, injured more than 12,000, destroyed nearly 61,000 homes and damaged 76,000. Since the earthquake, a further 500 aftershocks have been recorded. Now that Haiti is in the middle of hurricane season, Nippes, Sud and Grand’Anse are at further risk of landslides and floods.

Already facing the COVID-19 pandemic, these compounded human and natural disasters have left an estimated 40 per cent of the population in need of humanitarian assistance. It has been especially difficult to reach children and families in remote areas deprived of roads, electricity and telephone services. The main way to reach the south from the capital Port-au-Prince is to cross the locality of Martissant—one of the most dangerous areas due to gang violence. However, the gangs that control the highway linking the southern peninsula to the rest of Haiti declared a truce to allow humanitarian aid to flow to devastated areas.

The need

Compassion Haiti staff began contacting frontline church partners immediately after the earthquake. They deployed two teams to assess the situation in the affected areas on Haiti’s southern peninsula. The second team discovered a massive need for post-traumatic stress counselling, clothing, personal hygiene items and food.

There is an urgent need to assist almost 15,654 beneficiaries and 1,346 centre staff with food relief. This intervention will supply the families of 3,000 Compassion-assisted children with food kits containing food staples such as cooking oil, rice, pasta, beans and peanut butter or packaged tuna. Since bringing food supplies to remote areas is too challenging, we will supply 12,654 Compassion-assisted children and 1,346 frontline church partner staff with the equivalent of US$20 cash to purchase food essentials.

What your gift will do

Your gift will provide food packages to the families of 15,654 Compassion-assisted children and 1,346 centre staff:

  • 3,000 food packages containing staple items such as cooking oil, pasta, rice, bans, peanut butter or processed tuna for Compassion-registered children
  • US$20 cash for 12,654 registered children and 1,346 centre staff in remote areas to purchase food staples
  • Transportation for food kits
  • Security to protect the food deliveries
  • Handling fees


  • Handling of funds: Beneficiaries will sign a documented acknowledging receipt of the food baskets or cash.
  • Follow-up: Security personnel will escort food supply trucks to ensure safe delivery.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.