Haiti has had to endure back-to-back natural disasters, leaving people displaced, without food, water or shelter. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck on the 14th of August, and Tropical storm Grace swept the area just two days after, adding to the hardships of those already displaced. More than 2,000 people have been reported dead, about 12,000 injured and entire villages completely destroyed. These disasters came at a time when the country was already experiencing political instability and an increase in gang violence.
GAiN UK has been involved in sending teams and aid since the 2010 Haiti earthquake and together with other GAiN offices we will be sending aid again this time around. Our partner on the ground in Haiti is already responding to the crisis. They have a task force and they are planning to immediately support 600 families (roughly 3,000 people) by giving aid packages containing shelter material (tents), food, medicine and water. They are confident of transporting this aid without gang interference. They also intend to help with the reconstruction of destroyed homes and church community buildings. They are planning to take children who have become orphans as a result of the earthquake into the children’s centre with the approval from the government.
Will you help us reach as many survivors of the Haiti earthquake and bring immediate relief to them in their time of need?
£45 will supply a family with groceries containing basic food items
£170 will provide emergency shelter for a family
£3,400 will give a family a simple wooden house
£34,000 will buy a vehicle for the mobile water treatment facility
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Halfway round the world, another catastrophe is at crisis point. On the 16th of August, following mounting tension and conflict, the Taliban (radical Islamist movement) took power as the government collapsed. Civilian deaths were already on the rise before the latest incident. Now there is concern, particularly for women and children, who are most vulnerable and at risk of having their basic rights and freedoms taken away; and for those who are not in line with the Taliban, that have their safety and lives threatened under Taliban rule.
With so much suffering, injustice and trauma, we are working to do what we can, through our local partners, to respond to this disaster. We are connecting with like-minded groups to support those who are fleeing Afghanistan to enable them to do so.
The people of Afghanistan are desperate and in great need of hope and protection. Will you help them get to safety?
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