Hurricane Sandy swiped Haiti as a category 1 hurricane, causing widespread flooding and devastation, before turning north toward the East Coast of the U.S. The massive storm crippled the already struggling Caribbean nation of Haiti. 18,000 families (about 100,000 people) were left homeless. Fears of a food crisis are spreading as 70% of crops were destroyed by flood waters in Southern Haiti. As it slammed into the U.S., it claimed the lives of 45 people, and destroyed homes and possessions.
World Concern is responding directly in our project areas of Haiti to aid families affected by the disaster. In the U.S., we're responding through partner organizations and local churches to reach people with emergency assistance. After initial urgent needs are met, we'll begin repairing and rebuilding homes and schools in Haiti damaged by flooding. We'll also provide small business grants to those whose businesses and livelihoods were destroyed.
Having a stable, safe place to live, and the ability to earn income is a vital initial step in helping people get back on their feet. Families who lost homes and livelihoods will receive assistance to rebuild.