Earthquake Response Update
Structural damage to home after earthquake (left). Chlorine distribution for water treatment (right).
We want to thank our incredible SOIL community for your generosity and support over this past week in response to the earthquake in southern Haiti. This outpouring of support has enabled SOIL to quickly purchase emergency supplies and coordinate a team of local first responders to bring necessities to the affected areas.
We are proud to partner with some of our long time collaborators and community leaders from the south who are from Jeremie and Roche a Bateau, and have accompanied SOIL in our response to the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Thanks to the generous donations brought in, in the days following the disaster, the two teams left on Wednesday and Thursday of last week loaded with provisions. One team went to Camp Perrin and Roche a Bateau to bring tarps for shelter and additional supplies. The second team was able to access more rural areas (Ano and Ansavo communes) in Nippes, reaching some rural sections where aid had not yet arrived.
In the coming days:
Our teams will continue to travel with supplies to the impacted areas, including hard to reach areas on the outskirts of Jeremie and Duchity. SOIL is also working in partnership with Youthaiti and local officials to bring supplies into these hard to reach areas over the coming days. Priority supplies identified by the communities include tarps and nails for fastening, tents, hygiene kits, and medicine. SOIL’s staff volunteered this weekend in Cap-Haitien to put together 200 hygiene kits to send this week, and we will also continue purchasing more tarps for this immediate need for the communities.
Team leaders Baudelere Magloire (SOIL's co-founder) and Rea Dol (one of SOIL's response team leaders) with a local official from Nippes commune unloading supplies for distribution.
Over the next week, SOIL will also be supporting the efforts of Second Mile Haiti and Care2Communities to send materials by plane from Cap-Haitien to Les Cayes for the hospitals that are in desperate need of supplies. These materials will be purchased locally for these efforts, in order to support local economies over this difficult time.
We wholeheartedly thank you for your generosity and support for Haiti after this devastating earthquake. It is incredibly impactful to be able to channel support directly to local volunteers working in coordination with local officials - and we thank you for supporting this response initiative. We will keep you updated as we continue to assess the need in the impacted areas and the coordinated response of all organizations. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can access SOIL’s Emergency Earthquake Response Page here.