It’s been fifteen months since Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc across Haiti. In that time, your generous support has funded work by a group of 11 vetted GlobalGiving partners who responded in the immediate aftermath of the storm to provide emergency supplies and aid and have remained on the job in the months since to assist communities on the long road to a full recovery.
We have now closed the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund, and this will be the final update you’ll receive about the impact of your donations. If you’d like to continue to follow the progress of our partners who continue to support recovery efforts in the region, you can check out our partners’ latest updates on our website.
In this final update, we’d like to highlight the work of four of our partners committed to supporting long-term recovery in Haiti through agricultural and education projects.
For more than a decade, Lambi Fund of Haiti has partnered with the Center for Plantain Production in the Artibonite region of western Haiti to support more than 245 plantain farmers. After Hurricane Matthew, these plantain farmers faced two serious threats to their livelihood: storm-damaged fields and soil that was beginning to show nutrient deficiencies that would lead to weaker crop yields. Rather than letting their fields lie fallow to replenish their nutrients, these farmers, with the support of Lambi Fund, planted to okra, tomatoes, and beans. Growing these crops allowed the farmers to offer marketable produce at a time of high need after Matthew and restore the quality of their soil.
Last month, Peace Winds America returned to the rural Saint Jean du Sud in southwestern Haiti to continue its support of the community as it rebuilds after Matthew. Their work included training carpenters and masons in disaster-resistant construction, establishing community centers to provide agricultural and livelihood trainings and afterschool activities, and improving hygiene training for schools and households.
Farmers across northern Haiti who are still working to restore their farms to their pre-Matthew levels of output have received 10,000 packets of seeds through Seed Programs International’s partnerships with local organizations. In addition to directly helping farmers, the seed packets are being used in agricultural education and sustainable nutrition programs.
Hope Health Action’s work to rebuild a storm-damaged school in Musotte is nearing completion—last month they reported that the building’s new concrete roof has been installed and now all that remains before students can return is finishing classroom interiors, and cleaning and painting the buildings’ exteriors.
Thank you again for your generous support of the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund. By investing in the work of community-led nonprofits, you’ve funded the long-term recovery work that, while often out of the public eye, is vital for communities to thrive again after a disaster.
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team
In the year since Hurricane Matthew tore across the Caribbean, leaving 586 people dead and causing billions in damage, our trusted nonprofit partners have worked tirelessly to help the people impacted by the storm's devastation recover and rebuild.
Thanks to support from more than 3,000 of you who raised more than $300,000 to fund relief efforts, our partners in the region have made an incredible impact in communities affected by Matthew. Here is just some of the work your donation has supported over the last year:
As you can see, your donation has had made a wide-reaching impact on families recovering from the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. And because you made the smart decision to donate cash to fund relief efforts, your support made an immediate impact for those in need, and our community is continuing to stand with the people of Haiti and the rest of the Caribbean as they recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma this season. Thank you for your generous support, and we'll continue to keep you updated on the progress to come.
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team
With torrential rains and winds exceeding 160 mph, Hurricane Matthew made a devastating journey through the Caribbean, where more than 1,000 people lost their lives and another 1.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Even before the storm made landfall on October 4, we began reaching out to our partners on the ground in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the southeastern United States. Since then, more than 20 organizations have begun responding. Here are four examples of GlobalGiving partners that are assisting survivors across the affected region now:
We’ve seen considerable concern about giving to relief efforts in Haiti because of billions of dollars in humanitarian aid that Haitians never saw after the devastating earthquake that struck the island in 2010.
But, as I wrote this week in the Huffington Post, you can be optimistic because you have made a great impact in two major ways: by giving cash and giving locally! Local organizations know the needs of their communities best, and giving cash instead of items helps them use funds to purchase the items they need most. If you have friends or family who’ve expressed skepticism about Hurricane Matthew relief efforts, you may want to share my post with them.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll share further updates on the impact your donations are making for the millions affected by Hurricane Matthew. We’re so grateful to donors like you who are part of our giving community committed to survivors of disasters like this one.
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team
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When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.
We make it easy, quick, and safe to support people on the ground who understand needs in their communities better than anyone else.
They were there long before the news cameras arrived, and they’ll be there long after the cameras leave. They know how to make their communities more resilient to future disasters, and they’re already hard at work. GlobalGiving puts donations and grants directly into their hands. Because the status quo—which gives the vast majority of funding to a few large organizations—doesn’t make sense.
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