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.
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.