Haiti Earthquake Emergency

Please donate today to provide shelter for families devastated by disaster around the world.

Image Credit: Joseph Odelyn/AP/Shutterstock

UPDATE AS OF SEPT 1, 2021

Since the earthquake struck on August 14th, Haiti has experienced 650 aftershocks, as well as rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Grace which passed through the country. 2,200 fatalities have been reported thus far. The government of Haiti has declared a State of Emergency.

Humanitarian assistance has begun in some of the hardest-to-reach areas to meet the urgent needs of families affected by this disaster. It is however a complex security situation as access to areas are difficult due to road ways and infrastructure being damaged, and some routes being blocked.

The Haitian Government also wants to avoid ‘tent cities’ that previously occurred after the 2010 earthquake. ShelterBox’s emergency shelter kits are intended to help families rebuild their homes sooner so they can avoid overcrowded camps where disease and covid-19 can spread. We want to help people stay on or as close to their homes sites as possible while rebuilding and recovering from disaster. We want to give people the flexibility to lead their own recovery in a way that works best for them.

The extent of the humanitarian needs and response is emerging, but the full picture is still unclear, especially as it related to shelter gaps. ShelterBox is in the final stages of planning with a locally-based partner focusing on the needs of 2,000 households that immediately require shelter and household supports. More details to come.

Response Update


Devastating Earthquake Hits Haiti


Last updated: Aug 25, 2021 ShelterBox is extremely concerned about the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on Saturday.

Buildings have been flattened and hospitals already under strain from COVID-19 are overwhelmed.

Tropical Storm Grace has dumped more than a foot of rain over some of the worst affected areas.

137,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and an estimated 1.2million people are in urgent need of our support.

A ShelterBox team is responding to this disaster, and is on the way to learn more about how we can support families.

The ShelterBox team will work with fellow humanitarians to assess damage reports, understand from communities what they need, and work on the challenging logistics of delivering aid to areas where buildings have been reduced to rubble.

This will be the first time a ShelterBox team has deployed in person since the coronavirus crisis severely restricted international travel in 2020.

Communities who have lost their homes to disasters like these urgently need your support. Please donate and bring hope to a family today.

DONATE NOW

What Happened in Haiti?


A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the west of Haiti at 8:29am local time on Saturday August 14th.

The epicentre was some 150km from the densely populated capital of Port-au-Prince and was felt across the Caribbean.

Collapsed buildings and fatalities have been reported, but the extent of the damage is still unknown. Sadly, high casualties are probable and damage from the disaster is likely to be widespread.

Haiti is still recovering from the devastating earthquake in 2010 which caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy.

DONATE NOW

A map of the Caribbean with Haiti highlighted to show its location.

Why Support ShelterBox?


A family sits outside their ShelterBox tent in Haiti, after the devastating earthquake killed thousands in 2010.

ShelterBox has significant experience working in Haiti. We have worked there five times, including in 2010 after the magnitude 7 earthquake. It is estimated that over 200,000 people lost their lives and 5 million people lost their homes.

With over 20 years of experience, we are experts in emergency shelter after disaster. We often work in places that others don’t, making sure that we reach families who need support to take the next step in resuming their livelihoods.

From Cameroon to Syria, all the way to the Philippines and the Caribbean, we have provided shelter to over 1.5 million people so far. And in these uncertain times, your support is more valuable than ever.

DONATE NOW

Discover More


Disasters Explained: Earthquakes and Landslides

Powerful earthquakes and landslides can be very deadly. Learn everything you need to know about earthquakes and landslides and how we help.

Remembering major earthquake responses – Gujarat 2001 and Haiti 2010

January 2001 and 2010 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Read about two of our most important earthquake responses and learn more about earthquakes.

Where we're working

Get the latest updates from the field and discover where we’re supporting communities around the world in the aftermath of disaster and conflict.