Update on HRI's Hurricane Matthew Recovery Efforts in Haiti
Hurricane Matthew took a huge toll on the country of Haiti and while the most significant damage was in the south of the island, the Port-Au-Prince area, where Hunger Relief International's efforts are focused, suffered from heavy winds, rain and flooding.
HRI's 25 partner orphanages in Haiti sustained varying degrees of damage to roofs and structures that will need immediate repair to keep the 1,500 orphans safe and dry. Additionally, the storm resulted in the loss of food at some orphanages. To ensure that no children go hungry, HRI is in the process of providing food to orphanages with the most urgent need.
Moving forward, our primary concern pertains to contaminated water, sanitation and hygiene. In the aftermath of this type of natural disaster, particularly in countries with precarious infrastructure such as Haiti, water contamination, including human waste and other pollutants infiltrating water sources, can cause serious and life-threatening public health situations. We MUST ensure that every child has access to clean drinking water, personal hygiene items to wash their hands and stay clean, and good sanitation. Our team was out yesterday assessing the immediate needs and they are considerable.
We desperately need your help during this very challenging time in Haiti. Thank you!