Earthquake in Haiti

On Saturday the 14th of August (local) time Haiti was struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, 125km from the capital Port-au-Prince. This earthquake has the country reeling after a difficult month following the assassination of President Jouvenel Moise.

People search for survivors in a home destroyed by the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.

The death toll is rising above 2000 people and many are still missing under the rubble. Several towns in the Southwest of the country have been badly damaged, with homes, hotels and businesses destroyed.

For 34 years NPH has been working in Haiti, helping vulnerable children and families. NPH has led many relief efforts after earthquakes, hurricanes and other political crises. Fr. Rick Frechette were on the ground with medical teams and supplies within 24 hours helping injured children and families.

Oxiliene Morency cries out in grief after the body of her 7-year-old-daughter Esther Daniel was recovered from the rubble of their home destroyed by the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. AP images.

Fortunately the children and staff at our NPH homes, schools and St Damien Paediatric Hospital are safe. At our St Helene home in the mountains, just outside of Port-au-Prince, the children and staff slept outside, as aftershocks continue to plague the South of the country. For many, traumatic memories from Haiti’s devastating earthquake, 11 years ago, are coming back. During that earthquake over over 200,000 people lost their lives, mainly in the Port-au-Prince region.

Fr Rick Frechette, Founder of NPH Haiti, says,

“Our efforts will be pointed, rational and local. We will try to focus on Haitian leaders known to us, to enable them to be of real assistance just as donors enable us to be of assistance.”

Fr Rick’s medical teams are already on the ground providing assistance through local medical centres and hospitals. Fr. Rick says,

Director of NPH Haiti, Kenson Kaas, has also deployed a team to the affected city of Les Cayes. He says, “With your help we want to help some people to build back their homes and livelihoods. We’d love to support 50 families in Les Cayes and 100 in Jeremie, where we have a strong relationship with the community because most of our workers and children come from those areas.”

Annabelle Pierre, who is studying physiotherapy thanks to the continued support of NPH, shares her testimony of helping people after the earthquake.

Jean Max, a radiologist, at our St Damien Paediatric Hospital shares his testimony of how the earthquake has affected his family in the South of the country.

If you are in the position to help, please contribute to our earthquake relief appeal. $5000 can help construct a new home in Haiti. Our New Zealand supporters have raised over $30,000 so far, and we are so grateful for this support to help rebuild the homes and livelihoods of families affected by the earthquake.