The Archdiocese of Toronto has opened a humanitarian relief fund to assist Haiti, which in recent days
has been stricken by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and a tropical storm.
At least 1,900 people are dead, 9,000 are injured and 30,000 are homeless after a strong earthquake
devastated the country on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Many people with habitable houses were
sleeping outside due to fear of aftershocks causing more damage. Then on Monday evening, Tropical
Storm Grace dumped more than 30 cm of rainfall onto Haiti’s coastal areas, resulting in floods and
Haiti it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and is unable to adequately respond to these
natural disasters without international assistance. The country was already responding to the COVID19 pandemic, worsening gang violence and a presidential assassination on July 7, 2021.
The Archdiocese of Toronto will send donations through Caritas Internationalis, an international
confederation of Catholic humanitarian organizations with a long history of disaster relief. Caritas is
already on the ground assisting Haitians, as it has been when other disasters have struck that country.
Donations to Caritas will be used for food, water, shelter, clothing and medical supplies.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org
By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411
Through the parish, making cheques payable to:
Name of Parish – Natural Disasters in Haiti – Disaster Relief
(Parishes, please gather funds and send one parish cheque to the Development Office,
made out to Archdiocese of Toronto – Natural Disaster in Haiti – Disaster Relief)
Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti and all those who suffer after natural disasters. Thank you for your continued assistance.