11 results for tag: Disaster relief


Final Earthquake Response Update

  SOIL has been working in Haiti for over 15 years and throughout that time, we've learned many lessons. From then until now, there is one lesson that resonates the most, and that is the importance of working in partnership with communities in everything we do. Community-driven impact continues to guide our work every day and has also provided a valuable framework for how we respond during emergency events that impact Haiti. It is imperative that Haitians are able to respond to the needs of their communities because oftentimes, outside actors don’t know the reality of what the population really needs.- Rea Dol, long-time SOIL partner and ...

SOIL’s community-led earthquake response: Interview with Réa Dol

SOIL Co-founder Baudeler Magloire with Rea Dol and partners preparing emergency response supplies. SOIL was founded in the spirit of working side-by-side with communities to build ecological sanitation solutions that could be community-led. That principle idea of community-driven impact continues to guide our work every day and has also provided a valuable framework for how we respond during emergency events that impact Haiti.   This approach allowed SOIL to immediately respond to the overwhelming need for support and emergency supplies following the devastating earthquake in August. Through our long-time community partners and deep roots in ...

September 2021 Newsletter: From Response to Reconstruction

We are deeply grateful to our network for your incredible solidarity and generosity in the aftermath of the earthquake in southern Haiti a month ago. The most current assessments of the impact indicate over 2,200 people were killed and another estimated 12,000 people injured. Overall, more than 136,000 families have been impacted by the disaster. Although many large aid groups immediately mobilized to respond to the earthquake, we have been particularly moved and inspired by the outpouring of support within Haiti. It has been humbling to see the ways in which - despite the economic and security challenges faced across the country - neighbors have ...

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 ...

Hurricane Matthew: Lessons Learned

On October 1st, Hurricane Matthew turned just a few degrees to the east putting the southern peninsula of Haiti directly in its path. Three days later, 142 mph winds ripped over small mountain villages and coastal cities damaging or destroying nearly 150,000 homes and more than 80% of regional crops and livestock. Communities were inundated with rains, flooding latrines and septic tanks. Less than two months later, just as Haiti disappears from the headlines, the true effects of Hurricane Matthew are starting to hit. More than 3,500 suspected cases of cholera, a disease unknown to Haiti before it was introduced by the negligence of the United ...

Hurricane Matthew Relief in Southern Haiti

First of all, thank you. Thank you to so many of you who reached out to SOIL to make sure that we are ok here in Haiti; to the hundreds who have donated to our relief fundraiser; to our friends and staff here in Haiti who put all hands on deck to organize a trip down to the south to bring much needed supplies and support to those who have lost loved ones, homes, livelihoods. Your outpouring of love and support has been truly touching. We are relieved that all of our staff are all safe, but many have family in the south whose homes were destroyed. At this point, nearly 900 people are confirmed to have died during Hurricane Matthew in southern ...

New Clear Vision: "Hope and Remembrance"

Re-Posted from www.oursoil.org to New Clear Vision on January 22, 2013 Dear Friends, I am writing this letter at 3:53 pm on January 12, 2013. Three years ago today, Port au Prince was bustling with activity as people spilled into the streets from work and school. Mothers returned home after a long day of working under the hot sun, fathers greeted their children with tired eyes, neighbors shared warm handshakes and laughed away the day’s challenges. One hour later the city collapsed and over 300,000 of these mothers, fathers, children and neighbors were lost in an instant. Last night at the stroke of midnight the hills around our house in Port ...

Jounen jèn — Days of remembrance: Letters from Port-au-Prince

Friday February 12, one month after the earthquake, the first day of Jounen jèn, the days of mourning and remembrance, and we walked through the twisted iron and dusty shards of glass of the shattered National Cathedral. As we crossed through the open door and stared down the length of the cathedral it was as though the world had ended and even the wind had disappeared into the silence of the rubble. Just blocks away, in front of the crumbling palace, thousands of people dressed in white were singing songs of grief and praise, but inside the National Cathedral, on this national day of remembrance there was only the sky and the crumpled flowers from ...

Fear Slows Relief Efforts in PAP

To our dear friends and supporters who have been so present through this difficult time.  I feel like I have a wall of love and protection around me knowing that you are all holding Haiti in your thoughts and prayers. I apologize for not having written for the past few days, it is partly that life here is so hectic and fast paced and partly because I find that writing about the situation brings all my emotions to the surface and brings me to a vulnerable space that can be rather overwhelming.  That said, I so want to be able to share with all of you what we are experiencing and the important difference we have been able to make as a result of your ...

Kouraj Cheri: Update from PAP

This afternoon, feeling helpless, we decided to take a van down to Champs de Mars (the area around the palace) to look for people needing medical care to bring to Matthew 25, the guesthouse where we are staying which has been transformed into a field hospital.  Since we arrived in Port-au-Prince everyone has told us that you cannot go into the area around the palace because of violence and insecurity.  I was in awe as we walked into downtown, among the flattened buildings, in the shadow of the fallen palace, amongst the swarms of displaced people there was calm and solidarity.  We wound our way through the camp asking for injured people who ...