A Haitian woman looks at her arm, which is wrapped in a bandage.

Haiti Earthquake: These are your neighbors. They need you.

In the early hours of August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti. Just days later, Tropical Storm Grace brought rain, flooding and mudslides to the very same area where families are struggling to survive.

Powered by your love, we have a team in Haiti working hard to reach families in need. Here is some of what they are seeing on the ground.

Our neighbors in Haiti urgently need your love and care right now. Please give an emergency gift to reach families in dire need today.



(All images are credited to Allison Shelley, for Lutheran World Relief.)

A Haitian woman in a pink shirt walks over rubble left behind by the earthquake.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14 was even more powerful than the earthquake in 2010, causing widespread damage to homes, schools and health centers. Here, a woman in the village of Corail, in the department of Grand'Anse, makes her way through a main street, which is now clogged with debris.

Marie Entonnance Dely, 45, holds photos of her nephew Valvandolsky Valcourt, 8, and niece, Marie Hemanie Valcourt, 5, who were killed when their home in downtown Jeremie collapsed. Marie says that it took over three hours to dig them out. The death toll following the earthquake stands at more than 2,200, as of this writing, with thousands more injured and in need of medical care and hygiene supplies.

As a result of the earthquake, many homes were destroyed, leaving families without shelter. Additionally, many are afraid to sleep inside for fear of aftershocks. Here, families wake up after a night spent out in the open in the city of Jeremie. They are among a group of 200 people from their neighborhood who lost their homes. Some of the men take turns staying awake to guard the group. Days after the earthquake, Tropical Storm Grace made landfall in this same area. "When it rains there is nowhere for it to go other than on our heads," said one leader.

Metilra Paul, 89, seated, poses for a photo with her daughters Denor Michel and Chevalier Nancye, in front of their family home in Chambellan, which was completely destroyed by the earthquake. Metilra, who is blind, was the only one home at the time and fell to her knees to pray. When she raised her hand to send her prayers to the sky, she touched the ceiling, which had landed just above her. The chair that she had been in was crushed.

Our team in Haiti report that shelter is a dire need for families following the earthquake. In the days following the earthquake, many slept under tarps and other flimsy materials as the rain waters of Tropical Storm Grace beat down. Here, families pose for a photo in front of their makeshift dwellings, tent-sized shelters made of tarps and wood, along the side of the road near Chambellan, one week after the earthquake that destroyed their homes.

Etienne Oransie, 92, recovers from a broken arm at St. Antoine Hospital in Jeremie. The earthquake shook her house, in the fishing village of Pestel, so violently that it completely destroyed it, sending a wall crashing into her. It took five days to find an ambulance that would take her the two-hour ride to the hospital. Our team in Haiti reports many are injured and in need of medical care and hygiene supplies to fend off the spread of COVID-19, cholera and other infectious diseases.

A man carries a table across a crippled suspension bridge, a critical link between the city of Jeremie and the entire eastern side of the island, including the capital of Port-au-Prince. Five days after the region’s 7.2 magnitude quake, the bridge buckled when three of its cables snapped (two visible here), rendering it off limits for vehicles. Now, only motorcycles and pedestrians are able to cross. Relief supplies, quake survivors, goods and travelers must all cross in this manner, finding new transportation on the other side.

Women prepare food on the grounds of a primary school in the fishing village of Pestel in the Grand'Anse department of Haiti, where 60 families have been sheltering since the earthquake. There are six such camps in the village, where the main commercial and residential areas are all but empty.

In addition to destroying buildings, the earthquake caused destruction in rural areas to land that many families depend on for their income and survival. Here, young men clear the road near Fondle, in Grand'Anse. Debris from this hillside has been steadily crumbling since the August 14 quake. "Families on the farms above lost livestock when the mountainside fell," said one of the men.

Neighbors in Haiti urgently need your love and care

The situation for families in Haiti is dire. Many have been left homeless and do not have access to clean water and sanitation facilities, increasing the risk of COVID-19, cholera and other infectious diseases. Your gift today to our Haiti response will send lifesaving aid to neighbors who desperately need it.

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