In response to the devastation of the August 14th earthquake in southwest Haiti where our work is centered, we are currently focused on addressing this new tragedy. The immediate need is monetary donations for emergency supplies.
We will keep you updated here as we learn more from our contacts in Haiti about what is needed next.
Latest News & Updates
- New Photos from Etienne
Etienne shared these photos with us, showing some of his activities over the last few days.
below: Today Etienne addressed government and community leaders regarding water needs.
left: Helicopter pilot waits with a patient who was flown to the Cayes hospital. She suffered broken bones in the earthquake and had to wait weeks for transport and treatment.
below: The town of Charlette is currently only accessible by helicopter. Etienne, center right in tan shirt, met with the people there to organize a medical clinic.
- Earthquake Relief Priorities and Donation Matching
The Haiti Ap Grandi directors and Etienne agree that the immediate priorities for funding and action are 1) clean water, 2) food, and 3) shelter. Etienne proposed buying twenty 800-gallon water tanks to place in communities currently without a source of clean water. The cost to purchase and deliver each tank is approximately $1000. This will allow water trucks to deliver water in bulk and for the community to efficiently distribute water to residents. We also plan to repair the damaged wells in Les Anglais and the surrounding area as quickly as this can be arranged.
To get clean water to the people as quickly as possible, an anonymous couple has pledged up to $10,000 to match all earthquake relief donations to Haiti Ap Grandi from August 14 through September 30, 2021. If you wish to help and have your contribution matched, click the Donate button on this page and select “Earthquake Relief”. Note that our name change from “Compassion for Haiti” to “Haiti Ap Grandi” hasn’t happened at Paypal yet, but donations made there are being delivered to us with no interruptions.
Etienne and his brother Nobert have been meeting with government representatives in Port au Price, Les Cayes, and Jeremie to persuade them to distribute water, food, and supplies for shelter. Etienne is struggling to feed and house the overflow crowd staying at his home after their houses became uninhabitable. He is still rescuing the injured and taking them to hospitals, while setting up for his team’s next actions. He asks for our prayers.
Our mission is to achieve food and income security for the people in southern Haiti. We support the work of the Haitian-based organization “Passion for Haiti” led by agronomist Etienne Francois.