One year ago Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake lasting approximately 35seconds. It was 35 seconds that reduced the country's capital to ruble, took the lives of roughly 250,000 people, injured hundreds of thousands more and left 1.5 million people homeless. That moment altered the lives of every Haitian as well as the life of our church in Haiti. The largest diocese in the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Haiti lost many of its churches, schools and clinics, including their Cathedral, university, the school for the handicapped, and music school in the earthquake.
Through Episcopal Relief and Development, the Church was there in the days after the quake, and a year later, they continue their work responding to sanitation, housing and other development needs. The Diocese of Haiti has also built temporary open-air structures so children can return to school and so their people have a place to worship.
In the year since the quake, Haitians have battled a hurricane, Cholera, political unrest and struggled as 1 million people continue living in tents. As members of the Body of Christ we are called to be with Haiti as they remember this tragic day but also to continue to stand by them throughout the rebuilding process in the years ahead.
Help Rebuild the Diocese of Haiti
In an effort to help rebuild the Diocese of Haiti, The Episcopal Church has launched a campaign to raise money for the rebuilding of the Holy Trinity Cathedral Complex in Port au Prince. The new Cathedral will serve as an anchor to the expanded Episcopal presence in downtown Portau-Prince. More information about the campaign can be found here.
Prayers of the People for Haiti
Prayers are available to recognize and commemorate the first anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti and destroyed the Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Prayers and collects are posted here.
Presiding Bishop's Statement on the Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake
"We continue to work with and pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. The Episcopal Church is urgently engaged in supporting the rebuilding of the cathedral complex, in addition to mission partnerships all over the nation. We hope for significant and measurable progress in the coming months in improving the lives of Haitians, helping to restore livelihoods, and stabilizing the institutions of communities and the nation."