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A one-month state of emergency has been declared in Haiti, following a major 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday 14 August 2021.

The situation:

  • Over 2,200 people have died, more than 12,250 injured and hundreds missing.
  • 13,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed.
  • Thousands of families are going hungry on the streets

What this means for children:

  • Children living on the streets are in dire need of food, water, and shelter.
  • Hospitals and schools are among the buildings damaged and destroyed.
  • Thousands of families are sleeping outside with no protection from the wind and rain. They're living in fear of aftershocks.

Help children affected by the Haiti Earthquake

Our Emergency Fund allows us to respond within hours of a disaster striking, so we can reach children immediately.

one month on

Over 1,060 school buildings were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake. And as the new school year starts on 4 October, they are unlikely to be ready to safely reopen.

It's vital that children return to school as soon as possible. We're coordinating with the government and other agencies to ensure that children get back to learning and the security of their routine. School is important not only for children’s education, but also for their psychosocial recovery after experiencing trauma.

Perpétue Vendredi, Save the Children’s Deputy Country Director in Haiti, said: “School is more than a building. Teachers are critical adult figures in children’s lives, identifying protection risks and changes in their mental health needs, Children will need catch-up classes and support—and schools are an ideal place for them to access the care they deserve.”

Even before the earthquake, an estimated 500,000 children were at risk of dropping out of school, in many cases due to closures for COVID-19 and insecurity. our new report 'Build Forward Better' ranked Haiti’s education system in the world’s top 15 most vulnerable, just above Syria and Yemen.

We have proposed building semi-permanent structures until permanent schools are repaired or rebuilt. The structures are accessible to children with disabilities and can stand a minimum of two years. In the meantime, we are prepared to set up child-friendly spaces in affected communities. These offer children a safe place to play, socialise, and get psychosocial support. The spaces would contain designated areas for mothers to breastfeed and care for babies.

We're planning to support communities with training for teachers, financial assistance, school supplies, and furniture.

The earthquake recovery is also an opportunity to make schools accessible to more children. Many of the buildings that were damaged were not designed for children with disabilities. Rebuilding facilities with all children in mind is vital. Donate today and help us relbuild futures.

Updated: 15/09/2021

How we're helping children affected by the Haiti earthquake

We've been distributing vital supplies, including:

  • tarpaulins,
  • blankets,
  • jerry cans, and
  • baby kits.

And we're setting up child friendly spaces, where children can play and recover from their experiences.

How did Save the Children help after the 2010 earthquake?

The Caribbean country, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is vulnerable to earthquakes and hurricanes. 

It was struck by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in 2018 that killed more than a dozen people, and a vastly larger magnitude 7.1 quake that damaged much of the capital in 2010 and killed an estimated 300,000 people.

When the devastating earthquake struck on 12 January 2010, it created one of the most all-encompassing emergencies we've ever responded to:

Find out about our response to the 2010 earthquake.

How do Save the Children help children affected by earthquakes?

Earthquakes can happen at any time of year, day or night. Each year, there are about a million earthquakes around the world. However, only about 100 of these will cause serious damage.

Learn more about earthquakes and how we help.

Our emergency fund

This special reserve of money allows us to respond quickly and help children survive emergencies like the Haiti Earthquake.

Help children around the world - Donate now to our emergency fund

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