Hurricane Matthew Response in Haiti
**Update (October 25, 5:00pm EDT): An update on our relief efforts so far.
**Update (October 17, 5:00pm EDT): A race against time to reach people who need help.
**Update (October 13, 5:00pm EDT): Photos of damage done and relief work.
**Update (October 11, 12:50pm EDT): An update on relief work from one of our volunteers in Haiti.
**Update (October 7, 3:00pm EDT): An update from our team in Haiti. The number of lives claimed by Hurricane Matthew are now in the hundreds and rising.
**Update (October 5, 1:00pm EDT): An update from our team in Haiti. All staff and volunteers are safe but Haiti was battered by Hurricane Matthew. Full scope of damage unclear because of travel and communications difficulties, but it is massive.
**Update (October 4, 4:30pm EDT): We are receiving intermittent updates from our team and volunteers in Haiti, but they are experiencing communications difficulties. Stay tuned.
**Update (October 4, 8:08am EDT): The hospital we are building in Côtes-de-fer, the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health, is withstanding the winds and rain so far.
**Update (October 3, 12:34pm EDT): We are actively mobilizing community partners and donors to access water purification and food for those affected by Hurricane Matthew, as well as additional medicines and medical supplies. We are currently focusing our efforts in three areas: Côtes-de-fer, Jacmel and Dame Marie.
**Update: We are seeking donations to support emergency response efforts due to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
We are responding to the needs of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew. The National Weather Service is predicting that Hurricane Matthew will make landfall Monday night and could dump up to 25 inches of rain on southern Haiti – including up to 40 inches in some areas. There is a strong possibility of deadly flash floods and mudslides, in addition to further outbreaks of water-borne disease, including cholera.
We are in close communication with our team in Haiti and will be posting new information as it comes in about our efforts on this page, so please check back often for updates. Currently we are coordinating closely with emergency operations centers and local partners to assess needs and plan appropriate responses as the storm approaches.
Join us in prayer for the people of Haiti, including the people we serve, our health workers, and volunteers. Haiti’s infrastructure is already vulnerable and extensive hurricane damage could prove disastrous after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and subsequent cholera outbreak that has since killed another 10,000. If you are able, please consider making a donation to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. No matter the amount, you can trust that it will be put to good use. All donations intended for Hurricane Matthew relief will be designated for immediate emergency response and mid-term recovery efforts in Haiti.
This storm has the potential to seriously affect our people who access our programs in Haiti. On of our key strategic projects, the building of the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health in Côtes-de-fer, is very close to the coastline and our team recently helped quell a cholera outbreak in the area. We also run programs in nutrition and economic empowerment in this coastal area, in addition to a number of programs that focus on the reduction of child and maternal mortality.
We are a trusted partner in Haiti, with long-standing relationships with the Haitian government, local and international partners, and major bilateral donors to Haiti like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We responded to the devastating earthquake in 2010 and have celebrated with the Haitian people their resilience and rebuilding efforts. Here are a few examples of what your support helped us to achieve following the earthquake in January 2010:
- Shipped 521 tons of urgently needed medicines and medical supplies, worth $47.1 million, which reached an estimated 1 million people.
- Distributed 500,000 meals and 20,000 hygiene kits to earthquake survivors.
- Founded the “Haiti Amputee Coalition” which provided prosthetics, physical therapy and rehabilitation services to nearly 1,800 earthquake survivors with traumatic injuries.
- Updated a major medical distribution warehouse and supported the upgrade of a key pharmacy.
- With partners, provided a medical laboratory to the largest hospital in Port-au-Prince.
- Helped provide psycho-social support to 100 children in Jacmel.
Your support saves lives. Please consider making a donation to our disaster relief efforts today.