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Haiti gained its independence in 1804, setting the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America on a course to freedom and liberty. Unfortunately, systemic corruption, political instability, and frequent natural disasters have contributed to widespread poverty and underdevelopment.

Our work in Haiti

Tearfund has been working in Haiti since our earliest days. Our strong relationships with local churches and communities enable us to respond quickly to disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

On Saturday 14 August 2021, a deadly earthquake struck Haiti. At the time of writing, more than 2,000 people have died, and homes, schools and other vital infrastructure have been severely damaged. Tearfund staff and our local partners are responding to the immediate needs of those affected by the disaster. You can give directly to our earthquake response work in Haiti here.

Disaster resilience

Tearfund is working in several different sectors in Haiti, including disaster resilience to help vulnerable communities prepare for future disasters. This includes helping local authorities revise contingency plans, developing databases of vulnerable families, and training young people to be first responders.

Church and Community Transformation

We equip churches to empower their local communities to escape poverty. Part of this includes an economic empowerment program called self-help groups. The members of these community groups meet together to encourage one another as they work towards setting up small businesses. Group members are also able to access small loans to help them set up their businesses.

Church and Community Transformation also includes equipping young people to address injustice and underdevelopment in their communities.

Environmental and Economic Sustainability

Tearfund is dedicated to sustainable development and is working to protect and restore the environment. For example, we are supporting young entrepreneurs and farmers to set up new environmentally-friendly initiatives to scale up green jobs and food production in sustainable ways.

People collect items from a food distribution run by World Concern, one of Tearfund’s local partners in Haiti | Jade Beakhouse/Tearfund

People collect items from a food distribution run by World Concern, one of Tearfund’s local partners in Haiti | Jade Beakhouse/Tearfund

Please pray for Haiti

  • Please pray for the people who have been affected by the recent earthquake, many of whom have lost their homes and have nowhere to go. Pray for God’s comfort and provision.
  • Lift up all those affected by climate change and natural disasters in Haiti. Pray for food production to improve, so fewer families go hungry and communities can become more resilient to disasters.
  • Give thanks for the community self-help groups in Haiti, and ask that they will continue to help many more people lift themselves out of poverty.

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