SPRINGFIELD, MO — AUGUST 18, 2021 — Disaster relief organization Convoy of Hope has more than 3.5 million meals on the ground in Haiti and is distributing them now to people affected by the recent earthquake. They are also delivering water purification systems, tarps, sheltering items, lanterns, hygiene kits, and medical supplies — all of which are considered high-need items right now.
“Many of the communities where we are serving look like a war zone,” said Ryan Grabill of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team. “Today, distributions are taking place in Les Cayes. We will continue to resource the interior and rural areas more and more each day.”
Prior to the earthquake, Convoy of Hope was feeding more than 100,000 children per school day via warehouses stocked with product.
“Because of our Children’s Feeding initiative in Haiti, we are equipped with resources on the ground and teams who have been able to respond immediately to offer hope and help to those in need,” said Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope.
The quake took place approximately 78 miles west of Port Au Prince — Haiti’s capital and most densely populated city. Government agencies have reported that at least 1,900 people have died and nearly 7,000 have been injured. This disaster came hot on the heels of Tropical Depression Fred, which brought high winds and heavy rains in Haiti just a few days prior. Tropical Storm Grace impacted Haiti in the days that followed, making it the third natural disaster to hit the island in one week.
“The people of Haiti have been through so much, and the country is still recovering from the earthquake of 2010,” said Donaldson. “Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by this earthquake, and Convoy of Hope will continue to bring hope to the people of Haiti in the days ahead.”
About Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world. With a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator since 2002. Convoy of Hope has served more than 160 million people since it was founded in 1994. For more information, please visit convoyofhope.org.