Episcopal Relief & Development receives grants from Trinity Church Wall Street for Haiti earthquake relief and recovery – Episcopal News Service
Episcopal Relief & Development has received two grants totaling $500,000 from Trinity Church Wall Street to support disaster response and recovery efforts in Haiti. These grants allow the organization to reach more than 40,000 vulnerable people whose homes were destroyed or who lost income following the August 2021 earthquake.
A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti on Saturday August 14. The quake was immediately followed by Tropical Storm Grace, which triggered mudslides and increased damage. Many affected communities had not yet fully recovered from the effects of Category 4 Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and were simultaneously experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, political and economic instability, gang activity and increasing difficulties in obtaining safe and nutritious food continue to pose serious challenges to recovery.
“The situation in Haiti remains very fluid and our partners are adapting their efforts to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” said Ernest Cadresse, Senior Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We are grateful to Trinity Church Wall Street for their generous support of relief and recovery programs that will help create lasting change in Haiti.”
An initial grant of $100,000 from Trinity Church Wall Street in September 2021 supported a rapid response project designed to provide immediate relief in the aftermath of the earthquake. Working through a network of Haiti-based organizations, Episcopal Relief & Development provided emergency assistance to more than 25,000 people in the Grand’Anse, Nippes and Sud departments. This assistance included cash transfers, psychological and pastoral care, and tents to provide shelter to people whose homes were damaged or destroyed. The project has also supported the creation of mobile health clinics which have helped over 9,000 patients.
Trinity Church Wall Street awarded Episcopal Relief & Development an additional $400,000 to continue recovery work in Haiti. This second phase of the project will reach over 14,000 people, meeting the basic needs of 600 vulnerable families and building the long-term resilience of an additional 3,000 families in 20 communities. The project will build on the cash grants from the first phase of the project by creating savings groups with education. These groups equip people with financial literacy, small business skills and disaster risk reduction strategies to enable them to prepare for and recover from future emergencies without the need for outside help.
“Amid the devastation and continuing needs of our brothers and sisters in Haiti, Episcopal Relief & Development is doing important work on the ground,” said Reverend Phillip A. Jackson, rector of Trinity Church Wall Street. “It is our Christian responsibility to help those who are suffering, and we are happy to partner again in support of Episcopal Relief & Development’s efforts to serve the people of Haiti as they recover and rebuild.”
With continued support from Trinity Church Wall Street and donations from individuals and churches, Episcopal Relief & Development’s earthquake recovery work in Haiti is carried out in collaboration with Food for the Poor and Church World Service. . The organization also partners with several local and community organizations and actors, including local clergy, trauma and resilience counselors, and youth mobilizers. Learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development’s work in Haiti and around the world.