KIRF Field Report: Haiti Earthquake on August 14, 2021

August 24, 2021

Lions Club International Relief Foundation (LCIF) provides Emergency Grants for basic immediate needs, including food, water, clothing, and medicine. LCIF has learned from experience that when a disaster victim receives aid quickly, it provides the strength needed to survive the shock and loss, and may even give a little hope for the future. LCIF is working directly with local lions’ members in Haiti to assess the disaster relief needed.

KIRF has partnered with LCIF to directly provide aid to those in need who were victims of the August 14th Haiti Earthquake and subsequent tropical storm.

As a member of The Ventura downtown Lions Club, I received an urgent message to help from LCIF as follows:

On Saturday, August 14, 2021 an earthquake struck Haiti, just days before a tropical storm is projected to pass near the island. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake has left more than 200 people dead, hundreds more injured or missing, and major devastation in several cities.

When a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude strikes, we, as Lions, are ready to help. Right beside us is Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), our global foundation.

LCIF quickly responded and approved US$100,000 in Emergency grant funding to allow Lions in Haiti to respond to urgent needs of the victims.

KIRF matched funds sent by the Ventura Downtown Lions Club to LCIF because we decided that based upon the recent political turmoil in Haiti, it was not safe to travel there as we did when the massive quake left Port-a-Prince devastated.

 

Peace,

Mark Kirwin

Founder of KIRF (Kirfaid.org)