starvation crisis due to gang activities
Haiti has been in turmoil and has faced increasing gang violence since the president was assassinated in July of 2021.
Over six months ago, the gangs captured the seaport, where all the imports come in, and locked it down, which cut off most of the goods coming into Haiti. This also cut off most of the food and fuel supply for the entire country. The food warehouses have been emptied or destroyed; and the country has slowly been running out of food ever since.
It is causing the biggest humanitarian disaster in the world as millions of people currently have little to no access to food or fresh drinking water. Starvation, along with a cholera outbreak, has already killed thousands of people.
More recently, there have been droughts and flooding, which increases the difficulty of survival for the Haitians.
What we are doing to help
We are partnering with the people we worked with in Haiti when we responded to the aftermath of the earthquake in 2021.
Some food gets transported into the country, but is taxed heavily by the gangs. At this point, we are still able to purchase food from what little remains in the country: however, that will probably soon come to an end. It’s a complex situation. Haiti has been almost destroyed by humanitarian aid, and we have no desire to further that problem. However, we do have a desire to come alongside the people and keep them alive until they can get going again. Pray for wisdom and direction for us and all the people involved.
Leogane, Haiti got hit very badly by floods that sent a wall of 8 feet of water through the town
In the beginning of June, we sent a team in to help with a flood response in Leogane, Haiti. Haiti had been experiencing droughts, followed by torrents of rain. Typically, the amount of rain would not cause floods, but the waterways, which are normally serviced by the
what's happening now
the places where we are able to help with food and basic hygiene
Some of the greatest needs are in prisons, where the prisoners haven’t been getting much food for days or weeks, and numerous prisoners have already starved to death. We are already feeding the people in one prison and will be starting in another prison next week. Local pastors and churches are doing the work of cooking and feeding the prisoners, as well as ministering to their spiritual and emotional needs. Some of the prisoners have already accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives.
In the first week of November, we started assisting with the food needs of the people living on an island off the coast of Haiti.
At this point, we are still able to purchase food from what little remains in the country. It’s a complex situation. Haiti has been almost destroyed by humanitarian aid, and we have no desire to further that problem. However, we do have a desire to come alongside the people and keep them alive until they can get going again. Pray for wisdom and direction for us and all the people involved.
In this zone, our goal is to help the prisoners with food twice a week. The situation is dire in these prisons and there’s also a great need for hygiene products along with basic clothing. A local church is doing the distributions and they are also using some of the funds to help the people in the surrounding area. The weekly expenses of this outreach are $1,500.
Zones 2 &4
rural mountain areas
Zones 2 and 4 are large mountainous areas that are in great need. We are doing food distributions there once a week. Combined, it takes $3,000 to bring food to these zones.
The third zone is another prison that has 750 inmates. We’re currently doing one meal per week for them and would possibly be able to do more. The need for hygiene products and basic clothing is the same in this prison. This project is $2,000 per week.
Zone 5 is an island that is in dire need of food. Our contacts are providing us with lists of people who have the greatest needs, and they plan to take supplies out by boat once a month, which comes in at $1,000 weekly.