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The devastating earthquake which hit the south-western coast of Haiti in August damaged or destroyed more than 130,000 homes, more than 2,000 people died and almost 13,000 were injured.

Oxelia, outside of her Habitat home which was unharmed in the earthquake which devastated Haiti in August 2021.

Habitat for Humanity has worked in Haiti since 1984 and is well placed to respond to this latest disaster. Habitat’s team on the ground has been working since the earthquake hit, helping support families immediate needs with hygiene and emergency shelter kits.

Oxelia’s Habitat home was built to be disaster resilient and, like 98% of Habitat homes in the earthquake zone, stood strong when so many homes in her neighbourhood crumbled.

The devastating earthquake comes on top of political instability and COVID and more than half of Haiti’s people continue to live below the poverty line. Habitat will be there for the long-term; providing permanent housing solutions ensuring more families have disaster resilient homes, like Oxelia's.

Jenny Williams, Chief Executive of Habitat for Humanity Ireland said;

"There are so many global challenges and this latest earthquake in Haiti hardly made the headlines so we are especially thankful that The Bishops Appeal, for allocating €5,500 to support Habitat’s response."

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