It’s sad to see people with no food, water, and shelter, especially the kids. Haiti’s earthquake has been devasting to its residence. One Haitian residence said “It took me a few seconds to realize what was happening.
Port-au-Prince was shaking. Soon, everything went quiet.” But those few seconds of uncertainty meant death and destruction for thousands of people in the southern departments of Haiti, hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The latest death toll indicates 2,200 dead, with 300 people still missing. More than 12,000 people have been injured and thousands of houses destroyed or damaged.
Hope donors were already actively helping in Haiti before the earthquake, supporting thousands of people who were unable to even afford one meal a day. It was these very same people the quake hit, shaking the ground under their feet and destroying the roofs over their heads. Two days later, tropical storms poured heavy rains on them. In Les Cayes, Jérémie, and many other communities, the damage is visible – and so is the need.
The earthquake destroyed very little of what people had, worsening the long-running crises that have been afflicting Haiti for a long time. Nearly half the population or about 4.4 million people were already sleeping hungry, 1.2 million of whom are facing severe hunger. Early estimates indicate that needs in the areas affected by the earthquake have grown by 55 percent.
Hope Donors has sent emergency help packages including food, clean water, and tent to Haiti. For more updates, please follow our social media.