On 12 January 2010 a powerful and devastating earthquake threw a global spotlight onto the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where 70% of the population were living below the poverty line. In all, 220,000 people are estimated to have died and 300,000 people were injured as a result of the earthquake.
The Methodist Church responded generously and All We Can has been working with its partners in Haiti ever since to reach out to communities in need. Devastatingly, in October 2016 Hurricane Matthew swept through the small nation resulting 1.4 million people requiring urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 60,000 people were evacuated or displaced and at least 1,000 people died.
Meet the local organisation we are working with
The Methodist Church in Haiti (Église Méthodiste d’Haiti – EMH) has a history of working in education, health and community development. The earthquake in 2010 created major damage to its physical structures but also drew attention to the need for stronger institutional management and sustainability. EMH decided to revitalise their health clinics and make them more sustainable.
The Methodist Church’s health services consist of 11 health clinics – one in each of the Circuits in Haiti. The clinics were damaged during the earthquake and are often cramped and under-resourced due the absence of any government financial support and also the limited availability of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Although healthcare professionals worked in the clinics, they were managed by the Circuit Superintendent Ministers and staff who have limited training for this type of specialist work.
Through our Church CAN initiative, All We Can collaborated with the World Church Relationships team of the Methodist Church in Great Britain and UMCOR to provide training and advice to build the expertise of a new Health Board for the Methodist Church in Haiti.
Recovery following Hurricane Matthew – April 2017 update
The health clinics run by Église Méthodiste d’Haiti have played an important role in recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. In Pelerin (Cayes Circuit of Haiti) the church hosted a special mobile clinic. Stephanie Dalton, one of All We Can’s Programmes Managers, visited the church to find out why this sort of provision was so important. Read more
Prayer for Haiti
In an island of poverty
your church is a beacon of hope.
Strengthen those who care for the sick and restore health –
doctors, nurses, clinicians, outreach workers.
We pray that through their hands and skills,
and with your power,
all who seek healing will be released from suffering
freed from their afflictions,
and liberated to become all that they can be.
Simeon Mitchell, All We Can