The Caribbean nation of Haiti is vulnerable to natural disasters including earthquakes and hurricanes. As a result of climate change and frequent natural disasters, cholera is endemic in Haiti and agricultural productivity is low.
Tearfund has been working in Haiti since our earliest days. Our strong relationships with local churches and communities means we can quickly respond to disasters including the earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Many Tearfund partners opened the grounds of their schools and colleges to the newly homeless. Distributions of cash, tarpaulins and food also eased people’s immediate hardship.
Tearfund is working in several different sectors in Haiti, including ‘disaster education’ to make communities better able to withstand the effects of disasters when they occur. We offer support in rebuilding livelihoods, advocacy work and we set up ‘self-help groups’ which enable people to find creative solutions to their problems.
We are working hard to develop our church and community transformation (CCT) programme in the country, working with churches as they empower their local communities to escape poverty. Through our partners we are also empowering churches to become more resilient to natural disasters through training and advocating for change.
Following the Kingdom Come Conference in 2017, Tearfund has been building a national youth network to promote holistic mission throughout Haiti. This encourages the restoration of people’s relationships with God, each other and creation. We will also be leading advocacy initiatives to address injustices and underdevelopment.
Our impact in Haiti
- 148,000 people have received help following the 2010 earthquake.
- 24,863 people received help in the first eight weeks after Hurricane Matthew.
- 5,000 people are participating in the church and community transformation project, becoming empowered to escape poverty.
- 174 self help groups have been established and are saving and lending money towards improved livelihoods.
- 150 young Christians have been trained in ‘holistic mission’ – a model which seeks to see people’s physical, social and spiritual lives transformed.