Convoy of Hope Responds to 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Haiti

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September 2, 2021 | 8:30 a.m.

HAITI — With the help of the U.S. Navy, Convoy of Hope has now distributed more than 5 million meals to survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Utilising a military landing craft (a boat capable of safely running aground in order to deploy crew and supplies), Convoy of Hope and its in-country partners have distributed food, water, and other essentials in otherwise hard-to-reach areas across Haiti.

Food and relief supplies provided by Convoy of Hope are unloaded from a US Navy landing craft and delivered to those affected by the earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14.

“It’s a big group effort that has really changed the game for us in Haiti,” said Chris Dudley, Stabilisation & Humanitarian Intervention Director for Convoy of Hope. “The Navy brought their landing craft to the table and asked, ‘How can we help?’”

Security concerns and damage to roads and infrastructure often create hazards that make it difficult or impossible to provide life-sustaining supplies in times of crisis. Through innovation and collaboration, Convoy has provided much-needed relief to those affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti not long ago.

Compared to the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, the most recent quake had a greater impact on rural communities, which can often become isolated when disaster strikes. Convoy of Hope’s teams and partners have been diligent to reach survivors in both urban and rural areas as affected communities struggle to find hope in this time of crisis. Vital partners like Mission of Hope and the U.S. Navy allow us to have a greater impact while we serve the people of Haiti. 

Thanks to our partners and supporters, Convoy has provided relief to more than 160 communities across Haiti following the recent earthquake.

To contribute to our response as we continue to provide aid for earthquake survivors, click here.

August 27, 2021 | 12:55 a.m.

HAITI — To date, Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 4 million meals to those affected by the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which struck nearly two weeks ago. Thirteen additional containers of food, water, tarps, water filters, solar lanterns, and other essentials for distribution are en route to Haiti at this time.

Transportation still remains a major hurdle in some areas where bridges and roads are unusable after the earthquake. Convoy is overcoming this challenge by distributing food, water, and relief supplies to rural communities by helicopter.

“Twelve days after the earthquake, damages to infrastructure continue to cause access restrictions that must be overcome to provide relief to some remote areas,” said Ryan Grabill of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team. “In response, our team is utilising military helicopter support to transport emergency food rations to distribution hubs in these hard-to-reach communities; this is sometimes the only option for getting relief into the affected area.”

Many of these areas are beginning to see a glimmer of normalcy as they recover.

“Things are coming back slowly,” said Ruben Cenea, a local Convoy of Hope partner. “The people are resilient and strong.”
Thank you for your support as Convoy provides relief to survivors in Haiti. To contribute to our response, click here.

 

August 26, 2021 | 1:45 p.m.

HAITI — “It’s a huge challenge,” said Chris Dudley of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team, while he stood in front of a flattened school in the remote village of Marceline. “Some of the roads have been destroyed. Some of the bridges have been destroyed. Reaching some of these communities is very, very challenging.”

Nonetheless, Convoy of Hope has already distributed more than 3 million meals to survivors of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that violently shook the island nation almost two weeks ago. Eleven more containers of relief supplies are currently en route to the hardest hit areas.

“Because of Convoy of Hope’s presence here in Haiti, we have a vast network of people who we can partner with on the ground,” Chris continued. “The amount of work that has already gone into this response is staggering.” 

Chris was also on the ground in Haiti when a large earthquake struck in 2010. He noted that, while much of the damage the earthquake caused 11 years ago was in urban areas, the opposite is true of this disaster. Many rural areas have sustained incredible amounts of damage — some of which are only accessible by helicopter or by foot. 

Convoy of Hope has distribution sites set up in rural areas and is transporting food, water, and relief supplies by helicopter. 

“The chopper is sometimes the only way,” Chris said. “Food is brought in, and people are medevaced out.” 

Thank you for your continued support as Convoy serves affected communities in Haiti. To contribute to our response, click here.

August 24, 2021 | 1:25 p.m.

HAITI — Convoy of Hope’s team and partners are continuing distributions in affected areas, adding to the 2 million meals the organization has already provided. Additional truckloads of supplies were prepared by teams for distribution in the hardest-hit parts of the island.

One of the things helping Convoy navigate this disaster is experience from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Additionally, highly valued relationships have paved the way for quick and efficient distributions of food, water filters, and other relief supplies. While a shipment of relief supplies would ordinarily take approximately 40 days to arrive in Haiti, Convoy of Hope is now delivering shipments in a tenth of that time.

“We’re really excited to be able to provide additional materials — tarps, water filters, food, and additional resources — to families that have been impacted by the earthquake there,” said Ryan Grabill of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team. “Even today, distributions are occurring in communities like Les Cayes, that you’ve probably seen on the news, where many buildings, if not all of them in the community have collapsed or been damaged in some way.”

Thank you for your continued support as we respond to this crisis. To contribute to our response, click here.

August 23, 2021 | 2 p.m.

HAITI — Over the weekend, Convoy of Hope continued to supply residents with necessities through distribution hubs in two of the communities most devastated by the recent earthquake: Jérémie and Les Cayes. To date, Convoy has distributed more than 2 million meals in response to the earthquake, with an additional 2 million meals ready for transportation to distribution locations. 

“We’ve had some incredible successes that we didn’t expect,” said Ryan Grabill of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team. “Whereas it normally takes 40 days for a container to get to Haiti, we have a process where we’re able to move product in four or five days.”

Convoy of Hope and on-the-ground partners have reached rural communities through connections with other local entities. In a recent distribution, field partners used a military helicopter to transport emergency supplies in hard-to-reach areas. Capabilities like these allow Convoy to reach communities that are cut off from other parts of the country after a disaster, and keeps team members and supplies safe as they travel from one area to the next.

So far, Convoy of Hope has provided emergency relief to 45 communities across Haiti. Thank you for supporting Convoy and for helping our teams provide relief to those in dire need. To contribute to this response, click here

August 20, 2021 | 11:15 a.m.

HAITI — Less than a week after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, Convoy of Hope has provided more than 1 million meals in addition to sheltering supplies, medical supplies, water, and other necessities to people in need.

“We have now distributed more than 1 million meals, with another half a million meals that will be in the impacted areas today,” said Ryan Grabill of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team. “The scene is hard to fathom. The shock of what has happened is beginning to wear off. We continue to work to provide hope in the midst of this great difficulty.”

After the dust settled following the back-to-back disasters that recently impacted Haiti, the scope of the damage became both apparent and harrowing. Recent reports indicate that the earthquake claimed more than 2,100 lives, injured more than 12,000 survivors, and displaced at least 30,000 families.

Convoy’s response will continue as we provide much-needed relief to Haitians affected by these disasters. To contribute to Convoy of Hope in this time of need, click here.

 

August 19, 2021 | 11:10 a.m.

HAITI — As Convoy of Hope continues to provide help and hope to those affected by back-to-back crises in Haiti, the local Civil Protection Agency reassessed the earthquake’s casualty count, which now includes more than 2,100 deaths. The earthquake caused more than 12,000 injuries, destroyed more than 7,000 homes, and displaced approximately 30,000 families, according to the Associated Press.

The timing of this news coincides with World Humanitarian Day — an annual event for the advocacy of those affected by humanitarian crises around the world. Right now, food, water and relief supplies are making their way to survivors of this event. Convoy of Hope’s ongoing work for more than the last 14 years, means that we have the relationship and capacity to help thousands upon thousands of people in need.

As the response to the recent earthquake in Haiti continues, Convoy is grateful for those who support our work around the world. To observe World Humanitarian Day by contributing to our work in Haiti, click here.

August 18, 2021 | 1:05 p.m.

HAITI — Convoy of Hope now has 3.5 million meals available for distribution in Haiti. Convoy continues to distribute tarps, solar lanterns, water filters, and other necessities to people affected by the earthquake and subsequent storm.

Tropical Storm Grace flooded many previously affected areas and created additional concern about the possibility of mudslides, Ryan Grabill of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team confirmed.

“Although Tropical Storm Grace complicated relief efforts, it increased urgency over the distribution of relief supplies so that people can have shelter in this time,” Ryan added. 

Convoy of Hope is taking precautions to mitigate safety concerns across parts of Haiti. Doing so keeps Convoy’s team members, partners, and supplies safe and secure so more people can quickly receive help and hope.

As Convoy’s response continues, we will post further updates here. To contribute to Convoy of Hope in this time of need, click here.

August 17, 2021 | 2:35 p.m.

HAITI — Tropical Depression Grace has gained strength and is now a tropical storm. Forecasts predict the potential for Grace to gain hurricane strength in the days to come as it leaves Haiti drenched and recovering. The United States National Hurricane Centere reported up to 15 inches of rain in some parts of Haiti, as well as risk for flash floods and mudslides.

Many of those affected by Saturday’s earthquake and subsequent aftershocks struggled to find shelter as the storm — the third natural disaster in a week’s time — set its sights on Haiti. Displaced individuals scrambled to keep themselves and their remaining belongings safe and dry as precipitation began.

Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency reported that 1,400 fatalities have now been confirmed as a result of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake which took place Saturday morning. 

Haitians salvage what they can from homes and businesses that were destroyed by the earthquake.

Convoy of Hope’s response began Saturday and has continued throughout the beginning of the week. Convoy’s team members and local partners have committed to distributing 1 million meals to those affected. Additionally, Convoy is providing sheltering supplies, hygiene kits, medical supplies, and other necessities.

Relief supplies are loaded for distribution at the Convoy of Hope / Mission of Hope warehouse in Haiti.

To contribute to Convoy of Hope’s response to this disaster, click here.

August 16, 2021 | 2:45 p.m.

HAITI — Convoy of Hope teams and partners on the ground in Haiti are now bracing for additional complications. On Monday, Tropical Depression Grace began drenching areas of Haiti after teams had just begun their recovery efforts following the earthquake Saturday morning. Forecasters are predicting more than 10 inches of rain in some areas.

Convoy of Hope’s response will continue, despite the inclement weather. In addition to other relief supplies, Convoy’s response to this disaster includes food, water, solar lanterns, and tarps for those in desperate need of shelter as the tropical depression bears down on Haiti.

“I am worried about the upcoming storm as it can complicate the situation for us,” Jerry Chandler, head of Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency, said on Sunday.

Immediately following the earthquake, landslides, and rubble isolated some areas by blocking roads, including the road between Jérémie and Les Cayes — both of which sustained heavy damage in the earthquake on Saturday morning.

The additional precipitation could easily lead to added mudslides and flash floods, further complicating relief efforts.

Consistent aftershocks have relentlessly shaken many areas — the largest registered as a magnitude 5.2 quake. Experts predict that aftershocks may continue for weeks.

The official number has risen to more than 1,300 fatalities, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency. The Haitian Prime Minister declared a one-month state of emergency in response to the disaster.

Photo Credit: Mission of Hope

On Monday, Convoy of Hope sent a barge full of additional relief supplies to affected areas. Meanwhile, Convoy’s partners and team members continued to reach people affected by this crisis.

To contribute to Convoy of Hope as relief and recovery efforts continue in Haiti, click here.

August 16, 2021 | 10:35 a.m.

HAITI — Photos from areas devastated by Saturday morning’s earthquake are beginning to emerge. The death toll rose to more than 1,000 over the weekend. Convoy of Hope’s partners and team members are currently responding to needs in affected areas.

August 15, 2021 | 5:12 p.m.

HAITI — Convoy of Hope, alongside partner Mission of Hope, plans to distribute an initial 1 million meals to those affected by the earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday. In addition to food, Convoy will also distribute hygiene kits and sheltering supplies. Thankfully, Convoy’s in-country warehouse was not damaged by the quake, so distributions can begin immediately. 

Government agencies in Haiti have reported that at least 724 people have died and more than 2,800 have been injured. However, the death toll could reach into the thousands.

Convoy of Hope began feeding children in Haiti in 2007, but the program expanded immensely following the 2010 earthquake. Alongside partners at Mission of Hope, Convoy now feeds 104,307 children at nearly 500 program centeres.

August 14, 2021 | 2:55 p.m.

HAITI — At approximately 7:30 a.m. on the morning of August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. Convoy of Hope quickly sprang into action.

“As soon as the earthquake hit in Haiti this morning, our team both at our headquarters and on the ground began working to figure out exactly what happened, what the needs are, and how we can assist moving forward,” said Ryan Grabill of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team.

Before the earthquake was over, Convoy of Hope already had relief supplies staged and ready for distribution. We are now providing food, water, hygiene kits, and medical supplies to those in need following this disaster.

Damage from Saturday morning’s earthquake that struck the western side of Haiti. Photo credit: Mission of Hope

The quake took place approximately 78 miles west of Port Au Prince — Haiti’s capital and most densely populated city. Initial reports indicated that the damage was widespread and the casualty count is harrowing, but it seems that Port Au Prince may have been spared the worst of it.

This disaster came hot on the heels of Tropical Depression Fred, which brought high winds and heavy rains in Haiti just a few days prior. Tropical Storm Grace is expected to impact Haiti in the days to follow — the third disaster to strike Haiti in less than a week.

Convoy of Hope confirmed that its team members in the area are safe. Responses from Convoy’s program centeres around the country are still pending.

To contribute to Convoy of Hope as we respond to this disaster, click here.

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