On Saturday, August 14, at 8:30 am (local time), Haiti was hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that crumbled homes and buildings and killed more than 1,000 people. Since Saturday evening, AVSI has been present in the field, assessing the situation and distributing first aid kits and food.
AVSI has been present in Haiti since 1999, with field offices in Les Cayes, Cap-Haitien, and Port-au-Prince. Currently, AVSI is implementing 25 projects across multiple sectors including education and child protection, health—with an emphasis on food security and nutrition–agriculture, water, reforestation, environment, and livelihoods and business development. In this interview, Fiammetta Cappellini, AVSI Country Representative, talks about the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and how AVSI is helping the most vulnerable population through yet another crisis.
“The violence has reached a high point — we see that this is the deepest point ever reached in this country and we cannot go deeper,” said Fiammetta Cappellini, Haiti-based country representative for the Milan-based AVSI, told Catholic News Service by phone April 14.