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The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the Republic of Haiti on August 14 has affected thousands of people, with a death toll of around 2,000 and with hundreds of homes destroyed. This is mainly in the Les Cayes area, where leaders, members, and volunteers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been providing emotional, physical, and spiritual help. An estimated 500,000 people need emergency humanitarian assistance.

This week, the emergency committee coordinated by Elder Hubermann Bien-Aimé, Area Seventy, has been delivering the aid provided by the Church. Two trucks have distributed the aid among the most affected communities, providing food, water, hygiene kits, items for newborns, flashlights, tents, tarps, and protective helmets, among other resources.

Mackenson Nöel, Welfare Manager for the Church in Haiti reported that, under the direction of the Caribbean Area Presidency, they have been doing everything possible to help those in need in this situation.

“The Church meetinghouse in Gabions, Les Cayes, is being used as a shelter, assisting a total of 159 people, of whom 109 are from nearby communities and 50 are Latter-day Saints. Also, our building in Quatre Chemins is serving the same purpose, and we are assessing needs there. Many homes have suffered significant damage due to the earthquake, and we are happy to serve as Jesus Christ himself would,” said Nöel.

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