Hurricane Matthew has caused severe flooding and damage in parts of the Northern Caribbean. Our partner in Haiti has assessed the damage in the areas where their existing projects operate, including an orphanage and two schools. People are still sheltering in the schools. The initial focus of the relief work will be on supporting the displaced and repairing damage to homes. Donations will help to provide emergency supplies such as food, water, and the materials needed for repairs.
Homes in the communities where our partner works have been damaged and need both temporary and longer term repair or rebuilding. The intimidate needs are for Food and Water for those who have lost everything. Donations will provide supplies and support our partners locally driven relief and recovery efforts in the communities with which they are already connected. Having worked in Haiti since the earthquake our partner has been in a good position to respond quickly to the current crisis.
Donations will be used to support the recovery and relief efforts of our partner in Haiti. Over the last week or so they have been focusing on meeting immediate needs like food, clean water, hygiene products, and temporary repairs to homes. They are working with the communities of Merceron, Santos, Lilavois and Leogane where they already operate. After the initial relief phase funds will be used to support longer-term recovery efforts run by our partner and other local organizations.
Organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. Supporting the relief efforts of local organizations such as those our partner works with in Haiti has the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity. The longer term work will focus on rebuilding homes and community buildings, improving drainage and water supplies and the provision of seeds and chickens to help people rebuild their livelihoods.