It’s hard to believe that this week marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
In our October 2017 newsletter, we share the recovery work and progress that’s been made since this devastating natural disaster.
Matthew was the most powerful hurricane to hit Haiti in over fifty years, leaving more than 1.4 million people in urgent need of humanitarian aid. In the weeks that followed it, we saw chronic food shortages, water contamination, and cholera spread across the country, with hundreds of thousands of families finding themselves without a home. The small island of Île à Vache – where many of our programmes are based – lay in the eye of the hurricane, and its 14,000 inhabitants saw their lives turned around by its force.
Thanks to your support, our team was able to spring straight into a focused emergency response, delivering 500,000 meals, 60,000 water-purifying tablets, 40,000 sachets of water and 1,100 tarpaulins in some of the most badly affected communities.
A year on, and – thankfully – recovery is taking hold. Together with the people of Haiti, we are looking to the future once again, and that future looks bright. Local people are restoring their businesses, regrowing their crops and farms, and rebuilding their communities. While setbacks like the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria may come along, we know that that the people we work with have the experience and expertise to overcome these challenges too.
None of this would be possible without your support. Please give what you can today to help the people of Haiti continue their journey of recovery and look forward to the future with hope and positivity.