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Gang violence hampers efforts to rebuild in Haiti

Tearfund has been helping people to rebuild after last year’s earthquake. But conflict is putting them at risk again.

Written by Agnes McGrane | 04 Nov 2022

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Credit: Jude Jacotin/Tearfund

Last August, a deadly earthquake rocked Haiti. More than 2,200 people died and hundreds of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed. Since then, Tearfund and our local partners have been helping people to rebuild their lives.

Enia, her husband, and her two young children lost everything. Their home was completely destroyed and they had nowhere to go.

Rebuilding hope

Eventually, the family found a tent to shelter in. However, rain would often pour into their cramped living space and they had to contend with damp and mould. 

Our local church partners have been helping families like Enia’s to build new, stronger, more earthquake-resilient homes.

‘[The] project gave us hope,’ says Enia. ‘Thanks to the support of Tearfund, we have our house rebuilt and we no longer sleep in the tent.’

Crisis upon crisis

More than 10,000 people like Enia have been supported by our rebuilding programmes. But many people affected by last year’s earthquake are still living in temporary shelters – without access to clean water, and with no way to earn a living. 

Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis in Haiti is worsening as gang violence spreads across the country. An estimated 21,500 people have fled their homes due to conflict.

‘Armed groups have blocked access to the main oil terminal in Port-au-Prince. It’s getting increasingly difficult for people to access basic necessities such as food, water, electricity and healthcare,’ says Marc Antione, who leads Tearfund’s work in Haiti.

‘The most vulnerable people are suffering the most. Please pray that our teams will be able to reach those in greatest need.’ 

Pray with us

  • Pray for peace across Haiti. Ask that power supplies and other essential services will be restored.
  • Pray for people living in temporary shelters. Pray that those who need it will get support to rebuild their houses and that it will be safe for all families to return home. 
  • Ask for strength and wisdom for Tearfund’s local partners and local churches in Haiti as they respond to multiple crises.

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Written by  Agnes McGrane

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