On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew, a violent category 4 storm lashed into Haiti. Winds of 145 Mph and excessive rainfall destroyed homes, roads, critical infrastructure and livelihoods. The death toll stands at 473, with assessments ongoing. A double threat of cholera and famine looms ahead. Critical fuel shortages in affected areas are impeding the life-saving work of humanitarian actors and compounding challenges for already-fragile communities to withstand the crisis.
With 1,410,907 people in need of aid, fuel is urgently needed to sustain both affected families and the massive relief effort. Clean water, light, food, shelter, medical aid and protection all require fuel. The hurricane exacerbated the vulnerability of much of Haiti's population - over sixty percent of whom live in poverty. In Grand'Anse, South, Nippes and South East some communities are still cut off from aid due to collapsed infrastructure, roads and communication networks.
FRF has prearranged partnerships with national corporation Petrogaz and community response partners. We will source and provide fuel to affected communities, institutions and aid agencies, powering orphanages, medical clinics, vehicles and generators; and facilitating access of tens of thousands of people to medical aid, shelter, food, water and light. Fuel Relief Fund will prioritize responding to fuel shortages in heavily-damaged coastal community of Jeremie and others in the affected areas.
FRF will deliver fuel relief to an estimated 50,000 people. With a double threat of cholera and famine, fuel will provide crucial means to cook and boil water to prevent the spread of cholera and other water-borne diseases. It allows families and community institutions the means to power generators, light stands and other crucial equipment to respond and recover from the hurricane. With massive displacement, gender and child protection risks are mitigated by bringing light into dark shelters.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
Information on Fuel Relief Fund Haiti Response