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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. 

Our work

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

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 all those affected by climate change in Haiti. Ask especially that agricultural productivity will improve, so fewer families go hungry. 
  • Please pray that Tearfund and our partners might be effective in our disaster reduction work, and that the impact of any future disasters can be minimised.  
  • Give thanks for self-help groups in Haiti, and ask that they will continue to grow and lift many more people out of poverty.

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