On October 4, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on the south-western tip of Haiti, battering the country with winds of over 220km/h, 3 meter waves and 50-100cm of rain. In some areas, the damage is more extensive than the 2010 earthquake.

Over 1.4 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UNOCHA), the death toll from Hurricane Matthew is now 546 and 438 injured, with an additional 128 missing. There has been major infrastructure damage, with many roads impassable, and bridges washed out. The most significant needs are shelter, food and clean water. 

World Renew has been working in Haiti for over 40 years alongside Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM), Back To God Ministries International (BTGMI) and Sous Espwa. In 2010, World Renew and its partners implemented an extensive response to the Haiti Earthquake. This long history of involvement in the country has placed World Renew in a good position to respond effectively to this disaster.

For example, World Renew had a previously existing partnership with a farming cooperative in the community of Duchity, located in Haiti’s southern peninsula. Hurricane Matthew has devastated the lives of many in this community, including the farmers with whom World Renew has been working. Houses have been severely damaged, crops have been destroyed, and livestock have been killed.

The extensive destruction of homes and crops, and the loss of livestock have left the community of Duchity vulnerable. Your donations are urgently needed to support those that are hardest hit.

Through your support, World Renew will be able to provide food to those who have none, clean water to those who are thirsty, and shelter to those whose homes were damaged or destroyed. World Renew is currently providing 1,600 households with 3 months of food distribution, and seeds to plant. Water filters have been distributed to 500 families, and plans are underway to distribute clean water and housing repair kits to those in most need.

Please donate today to World Renew’s Hurricane Matthew response in Haiti, and keep the people of Haiti, the Caribbean, and the east coast of the United States in your prayers.

Banner photo courtesy of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation.

A church in Duchity after Hurricane Matthew.