- by Staff
Pictured above: Pigs walk through standing water in Cite Soleil one week after Hurricane Matthew
Download Printable PDF: December 2016 Hurricane Matthew Response
Relief and rebuilding efforts are planned to continue over the next six months. Thank you to all who have contributed to fund these vital crisis relief efforts!
Hurricane Matthew Response
Hurricane Matthew caused the worst humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of 2010. In the southern peninsula, homes were shredded by the 145-mile-per-hour winds and families throughout the country lost rooftops. Many of the livestock were killed and crops were decimated. For numerous families, this was the sole source of their income. Additionally, food shortages and water contamination threatened to bring disease and starvation. As we purchase materials for the rebuilding of homes and church-owned school facilities, we are focused on supplying basic food staples, purchasing medicines to treat those with injuries, providing tarps for church and school community shelters, distributing water purification systems, and supplying solar lanterns for night-time security for families. We are grateful that we can utilize our trusted network of school and church leaders in Port-au-Prince and on the peninsula developed over the past 21 years. As aid is distributed through our leaders, we are using our long-standing system of financial accountability to ensure that all donations are maximized to serve the most children and families possible.
Assessment and Need: With crops being washed away by flooding, there is a food shortage and costs are rising. Action Plan: Distribute rice and oil to all of our 10 Christian schools serving 2,500 children. ($15,000) Provide rice and staples to children and families in the Jeremie area ($5,000)
Pictured left: HFHC-Haiti NGO President, Jeantyrard Elmera distributes rice and oil
Pictured: Rice being loaded onto "ferry" boats to reach Pageste area.
Assessment and Need: Waist-high flood waters swept through the coastal area of Cité Soleil where 364 of our sponsored children live. Some families stayed on their beds hoping the water wouldn’t rise above them and hopelessly watched as their few possessions floated away. Countless homes are in such a state of disrepair that there is no way to rebuild…they need to start over. Many roofs were either completely blown off or are barely capable of providing shelter. Action Plan: Build new homes for 10 families living in Cité Soleil and in the Delmas area of Port-au-Prince ($45,000) Purchase metal roofing, wood, and nails to repair roofs and structures for 15 sponsored children’s families in Cité Soleil and a few families in Thomazeau ($35,000)
Pictured: Sponsored teen stands in front of his house needing a new roof
Health and Hygiene
Assessment and Need: Many children are generally uneducated about good hygiene practices like hand washing and the importance of drinking clean water. In addition, some of their community latrines flooded. Action Plan: Conduct Health Education in all schools to teach about proper hygiene and sickness prevention. ($250) Build 2 large community restrooms (latrines) to improve sanitation for our sponsored children and their families. ($15,000)
Pictured: HFHC staff members Marieshelle Joseph and Jennifer Anthony teach the students about the importance of hand washing, drinking clean water, and how germs are spread.
Assessment and Need: Polluted water is always a problem in Haiti but is even more compromised when flooding occurs. Many of the children impacted by the hurricane are drinking dirty water and being exposed to waterborne diseases like cholera. Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. Action Plan: Provide clean water solutions by using Life Straws and Sawyer Water Filter Bucket kits to filter out the bacteria from dirty water and train school principals and students on how to use them. ($5,000)
Pictured: HFHC staff and teachers at a mountain school teach the children how to use the Water Filtration Buckets.
'Truly I tell you,
whatever you did
for one of the least
of these brothers
and sisters of mine,
you did for me.'
- Matthew 25:40
Church & Christian School Outreach/Rebuilding
Assessment and Need: Hurricane Matthew’s main assault was in the southern peninsula. In the small western town of Chambellan, 25 miles west of Jeremie, 80 to 90 percent of homes were destroyed by Matthew’s 140-mile-per-hour winds, including the Chambellan Eglise du Christ (Church of Christ) facility (pictured above) which also housed the 275-student Chambellan Christian School. Jeriel Martel, the local minister of this church and principal of the school, has worked closely with HFHC in the past and is assisting us in coordinating our local distribution efforts. Action Plan: Support our Haiti staff and local church members who immediately responded and by bringing food, medicine, and clothing to families in the peninsula ($10,000) Rebuild the Chambellan Church of Christ. This church also serves as a school during the week which educates over 200 children. ($40,000) Provide wood, metal, and nails so that families and nearby schools can rebuild and make repairs ($25,000)