A Statement on the Earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Haitians helping each other during the earthquake
Haitians helping each other during the earthquake.

Dear Friends of capracare,

On Saturday morning, August 14th, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Haiti leaving the city of Les Cayes looking like a war zone! Our hearts are once again broken for our Haitian people, colleagues, friends, and family as they can not seem to catch a break. 

The past few days have been a race against time for our on-the-ground staff who came to provide emergency relief work within four hours of the Les Cayes Earthquake. The situation in Les Cayes is like a warzone with devastation everywhere! Picture a situation twice as devastating as the 2010 earthquake compounded with covid-19 and people sleeping outside their homes, makeshift tents, trucks, ontop tombstones, and now battling a tropical storm with torrential rains. You can not tell who is more traumatized, the children or adults.

Founded in 2009, capracare is well versed in this kind of emergency response based on our prior experience with the Haiti earthquake of 2010, the cholera outbreak, Hurricane Sandy, mosquito borne outbreak, shutdown of the Haitian government, covid-19 pandemic, and the assassination of the head of state.

capracare ’s Dr. Smith helping a survivor of the earthquake
capracare ’s Dr. Smith helping a survivor of the earthquake.

We are asking anyone willing to assist capracare with relief, to make monetary donations using our website, capracare.org/donate or purchase relief supplies on our Amazon Wish List, rebrand.ly/capracare-earthquake-relief.

We have already identified over 2,000 people between our partners in desperate need of food and hygiene supplies. We now have Community Health Workers and other volunteers ready, willing, and able to outreach hard to access communities using their motorcycles. With your financial support, we will have the bandwidth to deploy them out to those hard to reach communities.   

In solidarity,

Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH

President & CEO of capracare

A Statement on the Assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Dear Friends of Haiti and capracare,

Thank you for reaching out to capracare about the recent turmoil and plight of our beloved Haiti. On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Haiti’s core took another devastating blow heard around the world, as the country’s President Jovenel Moise suffered a fatal attack at his private home, leaving his wife and First Lady of Haiti, Martine Moise, severely injured and battling for her life. We pray for the family, send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the relatives as well as to the people of Haiti.

As a Haitian-led organization, and fully Haitian staffed, you can imagine how our hearts were broken for our Haitian people, colleagues, friends, and family when we received the unimaginable news of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise and injured wife, First Lady Martine Moise. Unfortunately, capracare and the communities we serve, do not have the time to participate in the luxury of waiting to see how things will develop; because the grisly pictures and heartbreaking videos are coming fast and furious with no warning or filter!

Over the next coming days, capracare will be joining our Haitian brothers and sisters for the National 15 days of mourning, beginning July 8 - 22, 2021, while simultaneously ramping up our mental health services to provide more support to the children, their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and everyone in need; as the President’s assassination is having a devastating effect on their mental health, stress level, and anxiety. Haiti’s daily living conditions and trauma are ongoing battles. Hence, disasters like this further exacerbate their state of well-being. So, we ask for your full compassion and understanding of this important journey to help provide stability and support to our Haitian neighbors in their beloved country of Haiti. 

We can do this by addressing this moment as an urgent one, to take immediate action to guard our communities’ fragile hearts and minds to ensure Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) triggering contents aren’t allowed in! But, most importantly, we can not be discouraged to turn our backs on Haiti. I hope in the coming days, you will find strength even in these dark times to pledge that you shall always keep the course with us. This is our chance to keep hope as a moral obligation to support Haiti’s fight for democracy, to return it back to being the Pearl of the Antilles! 

In solidarity,

Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH

President & CEO of capracare

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