Haiti Earthquake Emergency

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We are extremely concerned about the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on Saturday. 

We think there will be a significant need for emergency shelter, and we are preparing to respond if needed.

Our teams are working hard to understand the full extent of the damage. This includes finding out what the communities in Haiti will need to help them recover, and whether a ShelterBox response is possible.


We’re currently working on plans for the logistical and access challenges of working in an area where buildings have been reduced to rubble.

Families who have lost their homes to disasters like these urgently need your support. Please donate and bring hope to a family today.

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Above Photo: After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti

What's happened in Haiti?

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the west of Haiti at 08.29 local time on Saturday 14 August. 

The epicentre was some 150km from the densely populated capital of Port-au-Prince and was felt across the Caribbean.

Collapsed buildings and fatalities have been reported, but the extent of the damage is still unknown. Sadly, high casualties are probable and damage from the disaster is likely to be widespread.

Haiti is still recovering from the devastating earthquake in 2010 which caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy.

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Why support ShelterBox?

Hurricane Irma in Barbuda, 2017

ShelterBox has significant experience working in Haiti. We have worked there five times, including in 2010 after the magnitude 7 earthquake. 200,000 people lost their lives and 5 million people lost their homes.

With over 20 years of experience, we are experts in emergency shelter after disaster. We often work in places that others don’t, making sure that we reach families who need support to take the next step in resuming their livelihoods.

From Cameroon to Syria, all the way to the Philippines and the Caribbean, we have provided shelter to over 1.5 million people so far. And in these uncertain times, your support is more valuable than ever.

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Where we are working

Current travel restrictions are making our work more challenging, however we are committed to providing vulnerable families with a place to call home throughout this Coronavirus outbreak.


As coronavirus spreads, shelter saves lives. Discover how we are working to help people protect themselves in dangerously crowded camps and disaster zones.