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Hurricane Matthew Updates

 

We ARE so thankful for your thoughts and prayers as Hurricane Matthew strUCK Haiti.

We have been in close contact with our partners in Haiti. While it appears that the widespread destruction predicted as Hurricane Matthew approached Haiti has not materialized, the storm still is causing significant damage in many parts of the country, particularly along the southern coast west of Port-au-Prince.

We are still evaluating the impact on the areas where our partners are located in Jacmel, Port-au-Prince, and Mirebalais in the Central Plateau. While the brunt of the storm is being felt in Jacmel, we are anticipating that there will be emergency needs for us to respond to in the days ahead. We’re aware of damage to homes in Jacmel, and our leaders on the ground have reported damage in their communities as well. 

Many of you have asked how you can support Haiti in this difficult time. We are accepting donations for emergency relief now that will allow us to:

  • Assist with needed repairs to buildings supporting the work of our partners.
  • Provide needed emergency supplies such as water, food, hygiene items, clothing and medicine.
  • Support families in our network who have suffered damage to their homes and livelihoods.

100% of your donations for emergency relief will be deployed in Haiti.

You can CLICK HERE to give.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Moments like this strengthen our resolve to continue to help Haitians change Haiti by fostering hope and sustainability, to work for a day when every Haitian community and family will be able to adequately prepare for emergencies like Hurricane Matthew.

We will continue to keep you updated as the situation unfolds. Our Facebook page will have the latest updates from the ground.

 

monday, october 17 update:

we are so grateful for the financial support we have received from so many of you in response to our hurricane relief efforts. As promised, I want to update you on how your gifts are being deployed.

You may recall that Maya, our Country Director in Haiti, alerted us to specific needs for those in the hardest hit areas on the southwestern coast of Haiti. Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to fund the purchase of supplies for 100 emergency packs, which will include food, water, candles, matches and chlorine (for water treatment) AS WELL AS 200 family size water filters…all of which will be delivered by Maya to Grand Anse and Les Cayes later this week. We know that cholera already has begun to kill individuals in these communities, and it has been our experience (from water filter distributions we were able to facilitate post-earthquake) that the introduction of water filters into an affected community can directly arrest the spread of water-borne disease. Maya will be training community members on how to use the filters so that we can be sure that they can be placed into immediate use. (If you wish to support further efforts to supply water filters to communities in need, we anticipate future distributions with available funds.)

HTF is not a large organization and, even if we had the infrastructure to do so, we are not a relief organization. However, don’t underestimate the impact of smaller tuck-in efforts through trusted individuals like Maya, and our ability to support the emergency initiatives of trusted partners like Fonkoze, who has worked for years to provide life-changing services to the poorest women and families in Haiti, so that all may have life. We are thankful for those who have trusted their compassionate financial gifts to us, and, as always, promise to steward them well.

Thursday, october 12, Update from maya, our country director in Haiti:

"There is vast destruction in the Grand Anse and Les Cayes areas where I have relatives. They lost everything - their homes, their animals, and their farms. It looks like a desert with no trees. My brother just came back reporting that it is a disaster. People are dying from cholera because there is no clean water. People have no food, no shelter, no anything to live on. I also have family members in Jeremie in great need...."

HTF already has been responding to other post-hurricane needs and we are organizing an immediate response to this need in the Grand Anse area.

You can save lives.

Tuesday, october 11, 1:45 pm update:

It has been one week since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti and wreaked havoc on coastal communities there. We are hearing reports of towns and villages virtually being wiped off the map, destroying tens of thousands of homes, crops and food reserves. Cholera cases already are on the rise, particularly for vulnerable children. Even in areas near Port-au-Prince, which was spared the worst of the monstrous storm, small gardens on steep hillsides were washed away by the heavy rains.

Our partners, while still in recovery mode as they continue to check on families within their communities, slowly are getting back to "normal" routines this week, but we know that the long-term recovery of the entire country is going to be impacted by cholera fears and loss of crops and livestock in the areas hit hardest by the hurricane. It is for this reason that we invite you to consider HTF as one of the recipients of your compassionate financial gifts for emergency relief. Our relationships on the ground in Haiti will enable us to direct those funds to those Haitian organizations who can efficiently deploy resources in the communities that need them most. 100% of your emergency relief donations to HTF will go to Haiti. Thank you for standing with us as we stand with the people of Haiti...to foster a future of hope and sustainability with dignity so that ALL may have life. Mesi anpil!

Sunday, october 9 update:

Thank you so much to those of you who have made financial donations to HTF for emergency relief. We know that every little bit will help as needs are assessed and our partners - and others in the communities they serve - determine how best to deploy relief resources in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

This is important language. We are aware that Haiti is full of bright and resourceful people who know what is possible in their country so much more than we do...and we are not the decision makers in terms of how relief efforts proceed. One of HTF's guiding principles is this: "We so respect and believe in the capacity of those in whom we invest that we never become owners, shareholders, or co-business partners. Thus; the role of HTF includes keeping clear boundaries with regard to where our investment ends and where our partners’ responsibility begins."

Thank you for trusting HTF with your financial resources so that we can empower our Haitian partners to grow and sustain their work. We are long-term investors and we hope that you will support relief efforts in the short-term, while also standing with us as we walk alongside our partners there...so that ALL may have life.

Friday, October 7, 1:30 pm UPDATE:

There are conflicting reports coming out of multiple news organizations, but we know that the death toll in Haiti since#HurricaneMatthew made landfall is hovering near 500 and is likely to rise as emergency and relief officials are able to reach some of the hardest hit areas. In some areas on the southwestern coast, 80% of more of the crops are destroyed and many thousands of people have been left homeless. According to Partners in Health, “…experience tells us that that worst is yet to come. What would be the immediate need is to make sure that people get safe drinking water and safe water for washing."

We are grateful that HTF’s partners made it through the storm with their main structures intact, and our Country Partnership Director, Maya Fond-Rose, is in Jacmel for the next several days, checking in on each partner there – including the children and families they serve – and working to develop a matrix and inventory of needs within each of those communities. The HTF family is not, however, unscathed by the devastation in other parts of Haiti. Many of the students we support through the Haitian Education and Leadership Program have family in Les Cayes and Jeremie, two of the hardest hit towns on the southwestern peninsula, and are struggling to balance their studies while organizing student-led relief efforts to support those in their home communities. Leaders within the St. Joseph Family, including our own Maya, have deep family connections in those towns as well. Even though high winds didn't batter the Central Plateau, we know that those Chemen Lavi Miyo members who live in higher elevations suffered damage as a result of the heavy rains.

As the scale of devastation becomes clear, thank you for standing with us as we stand with our Haitian family.

THURsday, October 6, 12 noon UPDATE:

By now, you may have seen the terrifying images of the devastation caused by #HurricaneMatthew in Haiti. We are relieved that HTF partners are reporting no loss of life and limited damage to the main structures from which they operate and serve. Many areas of the country – particularly to the south and west of Port-au-Prince – cannot report the same. It is almost certain that there will be an increase in cases of cholera, and we know that a jump in mosquito-borne illnesses is likely to follow. We also are aware that livestock and crops were destroyed by the massive amounts of rain produced by the hurricane, which will translate into loss of income for many families who rely on agriculture for their livelihood and sustaining nutrition.

Our leaders on the ground in Haiti are working to assess damage and survey the families cared for by our partners to understand their current needs, particularly in Jacmel which was the hardest hit of the areas in which HTF partners serve. I hope to have updates on some of those specific needs after the weekend. In the meantime, we ask you to stand with us as we stand with our partners, and support grassroots recovery efforts.

Wednesday, October 5, 10:30 am update:

Erin here...I want to mention that cell and internet service is really spotty across Haiti, so I'm receiving information in bits and pieces. I'm trying not to bombard you with a bunch of tiny updates, but I am grateful that so many of you are eager for and waiting for news.

We have heard from our Wings of Hope family in Jacmel (you can read a full update in my previous post). All is well, and it's a new day. The next several days will be about damage assessment and trying to get back to a new normal. Maya will want to travel to Jacmel as soon as the road is safe. Reports from CLM and HELP are positive so far, but there are communities that cannot say the same and we will do what we can to help with the resources we receive! I'm concerned about the students and families served by Lekòl sen Trinite and Tetkole whose shelter may not have weathered the storm as well. Pazapa also is in Jacmel with families scattered throughout the community and up into the mountains. We also have not heard from anyone associated with CEI in La Montagne. It's going to be a long play, but HTF will stand with all of our partners...and I know we can count on you to stand with us! I'm sharing this link again, for those who wish to contribute to relief efforts. We are so very thankful for all of your support!

Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 am UPDate

Jacmel, on the southern coast, has been experiencing heavy rains and tropical storm level winds (60-80 mph) since just after midnight. This hurricane is slow moving, and these conditions are forecast to continue for the next 12 hours or so. Right now, we know that Wings of Hope is secure. I was in touch with TETKOLE last night and they were planning to use their temporary shelter to help families ride out the storm. All of our partners in Jacmel have access to concrete structures, so our hope is that they are able to use them to shelter in place.

Port-au-Prince appears to be experiencing winds in the 40 mph hour range and it is raining steadily. HELP had a plan for all of its students and they are sheltering in place as well. The central plateau region that includes Mirebalais and CLM is experiencing rain but does not have high winds at this point.

Please keep all in the path of this storm in your continued prayers. I will post updates as they are available.