Hurricane Matthew Update
Early in October 2016, Haiti was hit by a category 4 strength storm, Hurricane Matthew. The country as a whole is in a state of crisis as the flooding has destroyed homes, infrastructure and crops. HPI has been in communication with their nine partner villages since the storm and is working with them to implement disaster relief and sustainable rebuilding.
Immediately following the storm, it was clear that food security and water sanitation would become the largest challenges for the people living in the mountains. International food, water and medical aid are mainly delivered in the capital city, or in the southern peninsula where the damage was most severe. HPI partner villages are too far away to access these resources, yet they still are heavily impacted by the storm.
An HPI relief team has traveled to the villages to take an initial assessment and distribute emergency supplies. Distributions included oral rehydration packages made of sugar and salt that act as electrolytes to rehydrate victims of cholera. Severe flooding from Hurricane Matthew has cross contaminated many water sources, and cholera is a potential threat. HPI distributed the packages to health care workers and clinics in the mountains so that the people will be ready. Also distributed was money to farmers who lost their crops and seeds in the flooding. In a subsistence farming community, people rely on the land for their food and economic income. By providing farmers with a little extra money to purchase new seeds, they will be able to replant and harvest soon. Lastly, food relief was distributed. Although HPI is not a supporter of feeding programs, in crisis situations like this children especially will need help obtaining the nutrition they need to get over the food shortage that is to come in the dry winter months to come.
HPI and our partners in Haiti would like to thank all our donors, supporters and team members who have come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.