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August 19, 2021 — After a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti on August 14, 2021, its people need your help. To date, almost 2,000 people have died, with many more missing. Thousands have been injured and close to 30,000 families are homeless.

A network of Jesuit international development organizations and mission offices has launched a global fundraising effort to support Jesuit relief efforts in Haiti:

The funds will be used by local Jesuit partners, including Foi et Joie and Service Jésuite aux Migrants, to support the two regions most affected by the earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace, Sud and Grand’Anse.

A woman is assisted by a member of the medical personnel outside a hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Aug. 16, 2021. (CNS photo/Ricardo Arduengo, Reuters)

The response will take place in two phases: emergency relief and recovery. During the emergency relief phase, partners will organize to distribute clothing, food, household goods and hygiene products to meet the most immediate basic needs of the population.

“The number one priority at this moment remains health care emergency services … Of course, in the weeks to come we will certainly face the problem of clean water and food,” said Fr. Jean Denis Saint Félix, Jesuit superior in Haiti.

The destroyed Immaculate Conception Church in Les Anglais, Haiti, Aug. 14, 2021. (CNS photo/courtesy AVSI)

Jesuit organizations will concentrate most of their efforts on the recovery phase of this disaster, during which they will focus on the reconstruction of homes, schools and other infrastructure.