On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the Caribbean, causing catastrophic damage and loss of life in Haiti, the epicenter of the geological event. Haiti sits on a fault line between two tectonic plates — the same ones responsible for the devastating 2010 quake.
So far, the death toll is more than 1,900, with thousands more injured or left without their homes or basic necessities, and exacerbated by the unfortunate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest in the country. UNICEF estimates the earthquake has affected 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children.
Through the foundation, Jon Venverloh and his family have dedicated much of their time, efforts and resources to Haiti, from building new classrooms to providing 6,000 water filtration systems for families in desperate need of clean drinking water.
Today, the people of Haiti need help once again. If you are able, please consider giving to Compassion International, who is sending desperately needed food, supplies and medical personnel to the earthquake victims and support staff, made possible by contributions from donors like you. Your prayers and support for both the victims and volunteer staff will go a long way in ensuring recovery as quickly as possible.
Compassion’s team on the ground continues to work around the clock to get much needed relief to the people of Haiti, especially as Tropical Storm Grace left more damage and flooding in its wake.
Together, our prayers and donations can help support the people of Haiti and enable volunteers from around the world to continue their vital work in the face of devastation. Jon Venverloh and his family along with the Venverloh Family Foundation thank you for your support.
To read more about the crisis unfolding in Haiti, please visit this post from Compassion International: Advisory: Earthquake in the southern part of Haiti