We hope that you and your family are managing to stay safe and well in your bubble amidst New Zealand's Level 4 lockdown.
At this time, as we are all reminded of the importance of having a safe place to call home, our thoughts turn to those in Haiti.
On Saturday August 14th, Haiti was struck by a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake - damaging or destroying 137, 000 homes.
Just days later, Tropical Storm Grace made landfall over the epicentre - triggering flooding and mudslides, and forcing families to make the impossible choice of whether to shelter in their damaged, dangerous homes, or sleep out in the open.
Right now, we are deploying a team to neighbouring Dominican Republic.
This is the first time a Response Team has deployed in 18 months, since coronavirus severely restricted international travel in 2020.
Over the coming days, we will work with fellow humanitarians to assess damage reports, understand from communities what they need, and work on the challenging logistics of delivering aid to areas where buildings have been reduced to rubble.
We will be using everything we learned from our response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, when we provided shelter to 28, 000 families, to forge local connections and make sure the right emergency shelter reaches communities when they need it.
If you have capacity to give, any support for our emergency Haiti response is appreciated. Your generosity will go on to provide vulnerable families with emergency shelter and household items.
Ngā manaakitanga, The ShelterBox New Zealand team.
We have significant experience working in Haiti - and this year will mark our sixth response there.
Our most recent response was in 2016, when a ShelterBox Response Team - including New Zealand's own Jimmy Griffith, distributed 2, 805 ShelterKits to families devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Matthew.
Our 2010 response is also noteworthy. After a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the country, and left 1.5 million people homeless, we completed our biggest response to date (outside the long-running conflict in Syria), providing 28, 000 families with aid.