A 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti took nearly 1,500 lives, decimated homes, schools, offices and churches across the country in mid-August and left hospitals overwhelmed with thousands of people injured.
Haiti has faced many significant challenges and we know many may want to help support Haitians at this time. We encourage you to read through our website around Best Practices for Disaster Relief for more information about how best to provide support and aid.
In a recent article from the Miami Herald, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry shared his plans for humanitarian relief in a way to ensure donations and support are organized and coordinated to be most helpful.
"Concerned about potential chaos in the relief effort, Henry issued an edict saying all donations from foreign countries and private organizations must be delivered to the island’s government so it can coordinate the distribution of make-shift shelters, food and medicine to the areas most affected by the devastating quake.
The order puts Haiti’s Office of Civil Protection in charge of all donations. He said the goal is to limit the mismanagement of donations that took place after Hurricane Matthew struck five years ago, when the distribution of aid to storm-ravaged communities was uneven. Some areas received a lot of donations, while others were ignored, leading to outbreaks of violence.
Henry said there is one big difference between Saturday’s earthquake and the one that destroyed parts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, just 11 years ago.
'It’s how the authorities are approaching it,” he said in an interview shortly after arriving from his second visit in two days to the southern region. 'For example, of the aid that is coming, we are making sure that it passes through one door of entry'