Disaster Relief

Haiti ARISE is actively involved in meeting the immediate and mid to long term needs of the Haitian people. Disaster Relief is a necessary part of our ministry due to the frequent devastating hurricanes and other disasters that hit the country. 


Areas most severely hit by Hurricane Matthew highlighted in red. Towns mentioned will receive assistance from Haiti ARISE through partnerships with local churches.

Hurricane Matthew lashed the western shores of the country with 145 mph winds. Storm surges were of up to 10 feet, with torrential rain that reach 40 inches in some areas, flooding has been sever and unprecedented. This is the worst hurricane to hit the region since 1963! 

Haiti’s infamously fragile infrastructure is extensively damaged due to the havoc wreaked by the hurricane. Thousands of Haitians are now seeking emergency shelter, with the south half of the county now being completely cut off and inaccessible to emergency aid due to the destruction of the bridge at the southern city of Petit Goave. 

The Haiti Arise campus opened its doors to the community of Grand Goave to provide emergency shelter during the on slot of the Hurricane. Many families whose homes have been completely washed away sought refuge, even some survivors arriving to the campus completely naked! People in the community have not only lost their homes, but any food supplies or belongings they may have had to the mud and debris.

Current Operations

In the fall of 2016, we sent a team of locals and volunteers from Airdrie, Canada, to southern Haiti to provide emergency relief, clean up of debris, and conduct an assessment of the extent of the overall damage. Based on this assessment, we established a Hurricane Shelter Home Building program. Interested individuals, churches and business are welcome to find out how they can assist by joining or sending a team. Financial support is urgently needed. 

To read our complete disaster relief plan for the current disaster, please click below. ⤵︎

HAM- Disaster Relief- Hurricane Matthew Oct 2016

Past Operations

In 2004, Haiti ARISE was involved in Disaster Relief with Hurricane Jeanne that completely washed over the northern city of Gonaives. We sent financial support and food distributions to families who lost their homes and possessions. In 2005, we responded again to Hurricane Wilma, which washed out Grand-Goave's substantial concrete bridge, cutting off travel from the capital city to the whole western arm of the island. Weekly food & clothing distributions were held until the people got back on their feet. In 2008, four separate hurricanes hit Haiti hard, flooding people's homes, washing out and destroying belongings and completely wiping out houses along the riverbanks. That year 800 people lost their lives. Haiti ARISE responded by providing immediate shelter, food and clothing as well as home repair and rebuilding.

In 2010 the infamous 7.2 earthquake rocked Haiti harder than any previous natural disaster. The earthquake killed more than 300,000 and left another 1/2 million homeless. Haiti ARISE responded immediately by providing safe shelter, food and clothing distributions. We then partnered with Samaritan's Purse for 4 months to help respond to sanitation needs, provide clean water, medical care, Post Traumatic Stress counseling and distribute tents. Once the immediate relief stage was passed, Haiti ARISE engaged in more long-term solutions to help rebuild community homes through our EachONE BuildONE program, construct an on-site medical clinic and open our elementary school. We also engaged in drilling clean water wells for communities in need of potable water.

Hurricanes also often devastate areas of Haiti with flooding, and epidemics such as the 2011 cholera outbreaks threaten illness and even death, usually due to preventable causes such as improper hygiene care. Haiti ARISE is there to help respond rapidly when such disasters strike by providing shelter, food, water and clothing, the very basics of human survival.

For further info, you can click on the downloadable PDF for past reports:

HAM USA- Disaster Relief- April 2010

HAM USA- Disaster Relief- November 2010

HAM USA- Disaster Relief- Oct 2011