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In the morning of August 14, 2021, two earthquakes struck the southern peninsula of Haiti, measuring 7.2 and 5.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquakes spared the capital city of Port-au-Prince, which is still recovering from a 2010 earthquake. However, communities closer to the epicenters in the Nippes, Sud and Grand’Anse provinces were devastated: damaging and destroying homes, businesses, and public infrastructure, claiming over 2,200 lives, and injuring 12,200 people. Survivors are struggling to meet their basic needs as they pick up the pieces from the earthquakes.

This is an appeal to the Volunteer spirit to support the work of humanitarian groups responding to the crisis in southern Haiti. We urge the University of Tennessee community to come together to donate to the Hope for Haiti emergency appeal for earthquake relief and recovery efforts. For more than 30 years, Hope for Haiti has been working in southern Haiti to resource and empower local leaders and provide access to clean water, healthcare, education, and economic opportunities. The organization has extensive experience in emergency preparedness and response from previous natural disasters. They are now working with Haitian partners to deliver life-saving services and supplies to impacted communities. The need in is immense right now. Donations of any size can make a difference. The earthquakes in Haiti have been overshadowed by other humanitarian crises in the world. There is a real risk that international assistance will fall short of the need in Haiti unless grassroots efforts like this do not mobilize funds.

Please consider contributing to Hope for Haiti through our campaign donation link below.

GOAL: $8,000

Volunteers United for Haiti Campaign

Contact Hans Goertz or Sara Mulville for more information.


September 23rd, 2021- Tango Event (no cost and public)

The Smith Center will have a booth for the United for Haiti campaign at the international festival