Emergency Response to Haiti Earthquake 2021

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Launch of " Emergency Response to Haiti Earthquake 2021" Program

7th September 2021

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On September 2, JPF decided to launch a program to provide emergency relief to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Taking into consideration the relief needs identified in the initial survey by member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), JPF will provide shelter/NFI, food distribution, and other support in the affected areas of the southern prefecture.

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Emergency Initial Survey Begins in Haiti Earthquake Affected Areas

19th August 2021

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On August 18, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), a JPF member NGO with offices in the region, launched an emergency initial survey mainly in the southern prefecture of Haiti, which is considered to be severely damaged, in order to ascertain the extent of damage caused by the massive earthquake that struck southwest Haiti on August 14.

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●7 September 2021 (Press Release)

On September 2, Japan Platform (JPF; Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) decided to launch the emergency response to assist people affected by the earthquake in Haiti.


  • On August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, in the southwestern part of the country about 125 kilometers west of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. It caused widespread destruction of hospitals, schools, and other buildings, and on the same day, the Haitian government declared a state of emergency for one month. Two days later, Tropical Storm Grace hit the areas affected by the earthquake, worsening the damages even further. As of August 25, around 2,200 people have died, more than 12,000 injured, and 320 were still missing. 52,000 houses have been destroyed, 77,000 sustained damages, and the number of people in need of emergency assistance is reported to be 650,000*.
  • On August 18, when the full extent of the damage was still unclear, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), a JPF member NGO which has a local base, began an emergency initial assessment of the damages and support needs. They focused on the Sud (South) Department where the city of Les Cayes, with a particularly large population, is located and has been considered to have sustained severe damages.
  • The government of Haiti and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are currently coordinating assistance, and PWJ's initial assessment has confirmed that there is a lack of support, especially for shelter and NFIs (hygiene products, cooking utensils, clothes, etc.) for the evacuees. Considering those support needs, JPF decided to mobilize at this time, and our member NGOs will proceed to provide assistance such as shelter/NFI and food distribution in the affected areas of Sud Department.
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To ensure the safety of staff on the ground, we will be consistently sharing security information with the Japanese Embassy and international organizations. Also, as the new coronavirus is spreading, we will implement relief activities while taking thorough measures to prevent the spread of infection. Updates on this response will be posted regularly on the JPF website, Facebook, and Twitter.

*OCHA, Haiti: Earthquake Situation Report No. 3 (31 August 2021)

Program Overview

Term 6 months
Budget 90 million yen (government funding)
Locations Haiti
Content Food, shelter/NFI

*The program policy is as follows. It will be revised as needed to reflect the conditions on the ground.