Haiti Earthquake Emergency

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ShelterBox sent a team in Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Saturday 14 August.

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.

All our aid has now been delivered to families who lost their homes following the 14 August earthquake. With our partner Habitat for Humanity, we supported 1,989 families with tarpaulins, tools, blankets, solar lights, sleeping mats, kitchen sets and hygiene kits. That’s around 9,945 people who can begin rebuilding their lives, thanks to our donor’s support.

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.


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.


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