Early Tuesday morning, Hurricane Matthew made landfall, battering Haiti with 140 mile-per-hour winds and torrential rain and leaving catastrophic damage in its wake.
With some areas receiving up to 40 inches of rain, bridges have been washed out and roads made impassable. Poor families living in makeshift homes suffered the worst as the water and wind literally tore through their homes.
The Good News
We are directing our relief funding to a community called Lagrange, north of Port-au-Prince where we are working closely with a local pastor. He is reporting that their community has been devastated by the storm. Lagrange is on a river which flooded, leaving many homes destroyed. He tells us the community is desperate for food, water, tarps to patch their houses, medication and clothes.
We're confident that we'll be able to get aid directly to those that need it, and that it will all be given in the name of Jesus.
What We Are Doing
We are providing Emergency Paks containing food and water to families in the aftermath of this storm. Our staff in Haiti is on the ground and preparing to distribute these Emergency Paks, especially in the community of Lagrange. Your gift today will help them reach as many people as possible as quickly as possible.
Continue To Pray
We are praying for continued safety as mudslides and flash floods still pose a threat. Please continue to pray for Haiti and the rest of the Caribbean. Pray for safety for our staff as they deliver aid to victims, and that contaminated floodwaters would not spread diseases.
Haiti is still struggling to recover after the devastation of the massive earthquake in 2010, and this storm is causing even more hardship. Some experts fear that flooding may trigger another cholera outbreak, similar to the one that killed 10,000 people following the earthquake.
Communication with our staff in Haiti has been good and we are receiving daily updated reports. As we learn more, we will do our best to keep you informed about the safety of the children we serve, and how you can continue to provide emergency relief for hurricane victims.