If you ask someone where Hurricane Sandy did damage, most people would say that it was in New York and New Jersey. And it did a lot of damage there.
But if you look at this NPR article at http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/10/31/164045691/before-sandy-hit-u-s-storm-was-a-killer-in-haiti you can see that Hurricane Sandy also made a huge difference (in a bad way) in Haiti.'
What does that mean? It means that it is going to be harder for parents to feel their children. Read this section:
"Moreover, Sandy's floods and mudslides killed many animals and destroyed both cash and subsistence crops. Banana, plantains and maize crops were ruined in the south, as was a coffee crop weeks from harvest. Officials say more than 70 percent of crops were destroyed.
"It was a relatively small disaster, but it will have a big impact," Amelie Gauthier of Oxfam told The Guardian. "All it takes is the loss of one or two lemon trees and some families will no longer be able to afford to send their children to school.""
This picture from the AP shows very well the kind of damage and devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused - http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-201_162-10014319-9.html.
So we had over 70% of the crops in Haiti that were destroyed. Many of the crops that were destroyed were ones that were going to provide a living for the family for the year. So what does this mean?
- It means that the food that is available in Haiti is going to cost more. Meaning it will taie more dollars to get the same amount of food.
- It means that a lot of families aren't going to make enough to provide for their kids. That means that the orphanages will see an increase in the number of people who are bringing their children to the orphanage as a choice preferable to death.
- It means that many kids will not be able to go to school because their parents won't be able to pay for school.
Because of this, it is more important than ever that we have help in providing the food that our kids need. In order for them to get and stay healthy, they need enough and healthy food.
Thanks for help!
P.S. This is NOT an appeal for funding for repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy. This is an update showing that even though we didn't see any significant damage from Hurricane Sandy, we are seeing the effects in that malnutrition is up and the cost of food is up.