starvation crisis due to gang activities
Haiti has been in turmoil and has faced increasing gang violence since the president was assasinated in July of 2021.
Several 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.
What we are doing to help
We have decided to respond to this crisis. We are partnering with the people we worked with in Haiti when we responded to the aftermath of the earthquake in 2021.
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.
A hands-on project for churches, youth groups, businesses or individuals
Here is an opportunity for a hands-on project for businesses, churches, youth groups and individuals! We’re needing 1,200 hygiene kits for the prisoners in Haiti. Most of them are lacking even the most basic clothing and hygiene articles and we’d like to invite you to come alongside and help fill the need.
If you’d like to help, check out the link below for instructions.
For any questions concerning the project, text Harvey at 717-454-5913.
what's happening now
Haiti Update 3/30
Most of the areas in Haiti are experiencing a drought. Many people need to walk a great distance to find a spring or well that
Haiti Update 3/24
Oftentimes, it’s really hard to know when to say yes or no to the requests for help. In the zones that we work in and
Haiti Update 3/24
One of my highlights is being able to share the love of Jesus with the people we help. We’re not only showing them the love
Haiti Update 3/16
Part 2 – From Our International field directer:At one point, we went to the island where we are working. This is also a poverty-stricken part
Update from Haiti 3/14
Part 1 – From Our International field directer:A single gunshot breaks the silence as we are sitting on Andy’s front porch, waiting on the hygiene
Update From Haiti 3/09
The hygiene kits for the prisons arrived!It was challenging to get them shipped from Port-au-Prince too to the south, where the prisons are. The original
Haiti Update 3/07
One big problem this week was that we were running out of diesel to be able to do distributions. It has been weeks since we
Haiti Update 2/28
Today during our prison service, we had a time of prayer where many of the prisoners were on their knees crying and praying. Many times,
Providing Bibles For The Haitians
This story happened last Tuesday at the church service in prison. One of the inmates was asked to pray with the group and in her
Haiti Update 2/21
Haiti We had gotten reports from a community in the mountains that was in great need and today, we were able to bring food in.
Haiti Update 2/7
Haiti Imagine that you only make the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour (a total of $58.00/day), but one gallon of fuel costs $145.00. Or
Sharing Hope with the Haitians
Haiti For me, it’s an opportunity to be a part of the work with Plain Compassion. In the mountains, where we have done food distributions,
Haiti Update 1/20
Haiti The work in Haiti is more complicated than some other parts of the world. We are not being bombed by Russia or any other
1/18 Haiti Update
Haiti It’s a privilege to be a part of the work in Haiti. As I think over just the events of the last week, I
Work in the Prisons
Haiti A huge part of our work is in the prisons. The prisoners tell us over and over again how thankful they are for the
Unrest in Haiti
Haiti The situation in Haiti remains difficult as gangs continue to control all the main roads in and out of the capital. Kidnapping rates remain
12/22 Haiti Update
This week has been particularly busy. On Tuesday, we distributed 1700 pounds of rice and 500 pounds of beans to 140 families in a rural
God’s Love in Prison
Today, I had a chance to have a long talk with one of the prisoners. He has been there for a long time and knows
12/15 Food distribution
From the high levels of insecurity, protest, lack of fuel and high food prices: Food distributions come with many difficulties. Sometimes, we have to visit
Haiti There are so many Thank You stories of grateful people, but here’s one that needs to be shared:During a food distribution, a mother of
Fundraising for Haiti
Haiti Most Haitian prisons don’t provide food for the inmates, it’s the responsibility of the families to bring them food. When food became scarce and
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.