Relief for Haiti

On August 14, Southern Haiti experienced a devastating 7.2 earthquake that left 2200 dead and destroyed or damaged over 130,000 homes.
Haiti House

As the people of Haiti recover from this natural disaster, they lack basic necessities such as clean water, food and shelter. Karen Nicolas, Director of The Haiti Tree Project, has set up an emergency campaign to get aid to the people who need it—fast. Her aim is to raise money for 100 families in rural villages near Saint Louis-de-Sud.

“Nearly everyone’s home has been destroyed and most people are using only bed sheets for shelter. They desperately need funds to build protection from wind and rain. We’ve been able to afford beans and rice to feed the families for a few days, but they continue to need more food, Some local truck owners have been kind enough to ship in water from springs using barrels from our nursery, but that support is only temporary,” said Nicolas.

How Donated Funds are Spent

  • $20 buys 20 feet of pipe to replace broken water pipes that carry water from the springs to the villages (4000 feet is needed to rebuild the system).
  • $125 buys a family metal roofing sheets and nails to build a permanent shelter they can use as a new home.
  • $150 feeds a family for a month while they get back on their feet.
  • $840 ($70/month) provides a community service job with a daily meal for a survivor who lost everything to help them rebuild their lives and their community.
Haiti fallen structure

How to Help

Visit The Haiti Tree Project website to read through survivor stories and take action.

Photos of earthquake aftermath courtesy of Karen Nicolas.

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