The Salvation Army in Haiti is responding after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake brought devastation across the south of the country. Almost 1,300 people are known to have been killed in the disaster, with that number certain to rise as collapsed buildings are cleared and thousands of missing people are accounted for.

According to, "the earthquake has caused severe damage to infrastructure, including hospitals, especially in Jérémie and Les Cayes." First reports say that no Salvation Army personnel have lost their lives, but a number of Salvation Army buildings have been seriously damaged—including one corps (church) hall which has completely collapsed. Sunday worship in many locations was held outdoors.

A Rapid Response project has been put together at The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters (IHQ) in London to provide initial funds for food, drinking water and hygiene items. Tents and tarpaulins are also needed, especially as heavy rain sets in from Tropical Storm Grace. Medical support may also be sought from a Salvation Army clinic in Fond-des-Nègres. A relief team has been assembled, supported by Major Kenel Jean (Territorial Emergency Disaster Coordinator, Caribbean Territory).

Damaris Frick, International Emergency Services Director at IHQ, says that the situation is complicated further by COVID regulations and restrictions. "The Prime Minister of Haiti has said he won’t be seeking international help until the first assessments have been carried out," she explains, "but we are fortunate that many Salvation Army personnel in Haiti have received emergency response training."

The response is made even more difficult because some roads have been damaged between the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the worst-affected region. There are also major security concerns around any travel through the centre of the country.

General Brian Peddle, The Salvation Army’s international leader, shares through his Twitter account a recollection of a visit he made to Haiti when he found in the country’s young people "a deep sense of hope." He adds: "I pray that nothing, even current events, robs the next generation of a good future. Bless Haiti."

Report by IHQ Communications
International Headquarters


On Saturday, August 21, 2021, Major George Crocker said:

Glad to see the Salvation army very involved in the situation in Haiti may God continue to provide for the people there and the salvation army has they work with the people there.


On Friday, August 20, 2021, Envoy Jean Cohen said:

My heart goes out to Haiti. It's unbelievable! Why this continually happens to them is unknown except for the fact of their location in the Caribbean. I pray God continues to uphold them and give them the strength to continue on. As we look around the world we see Mother Nature's fury. Pray that we continue to focus on God and lean on Him for everything in our lives no matter our circumstances.


On Friday, August 20, 2021, joselin Villar Medina said:

Thanks very much for the labor of 💘 and support that you always gave to these in needs ❤. God bless you 🙏.


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