Haiti Earthquake 2021 Relief Efforts
Devastating natural disasters in Haiti – a massive 7.2-magnitude earthquake followed by tropical depression Grace – have wreaked havoc in the country. With 2,100 people reported dead, over 12,000 injured, and hundreds more missing, as well as 100,000 homes and 130 schools destroyed, the people of Haiti are struggling to get back on their feet. And this comes on top of an already fragile security situation and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
World Vision Canada is organizing relief and rebuilding efforts to help. Learn more
about our response.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations
In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more
about our response to COVID-19.
Security Crisis in Haiti
Haiti has been in a state of civil unrest since July 2018. Protests continue to erupt in cities across the country due to increases in cost of living, government corruption, and high inflation. Protesters are calling for the resignation of the Head of State. Schools, public administration and trade continue to be paralyzed from threats of violence, preventing citizens to move around freely.
The safety and security of children in our sponsor-supported communities are not affected for the moment, as the turmoil is centred in urban centres. However, roadblocks and general instability has caused travel restrictions to and between communities at this time.
As a result of inaccessibility and growing security concerns, sponsor visits
to Haiti have been put on hold until further notice. Local staff have also advised that the processing of sponsor correspondence and Special Gifts
will be delayed.
For more information on the situation in Haiti, please call us at
The people of Haiti are survivors. But deep poverty is compounded by devastating storms and lack of infrastructure. In this mix, one focus of our programs has been children’s education as we repair school buildings, support children’s studies and have been piloting some new education initiatives.
Addressing the health needs of children in Haiti is another priority. Farmers are trained in small-scale vegetable production and given access to tools and seeds so they can supply their families with nutritious food and generate an income through sales at local markets. We’ve also worked to strengthen local health clinics, helping more people to get the care they need, when they need it.