Striking Haiti’s southwestern coast on October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew left behind a trail of devastation. Enormous trees uprooted. Homes toppled to their foundation. Bridges collapsed. Streets flooded. It was nearly a week until some of the most remote mountain communities were accessible. Six months later, many families are still putting the pieces of their life back together.
Imagine you were sitting in the temple that day, watching this scene take place. A women walks into the temple – you recognize her because you were recently at the funeral of her late husband. Since her husband’s death, she has been struggling to make ends meet. With the little income she makes, she is barely able to provide for her children. Yet she walks, head held high, to the offering box and puts in two small coins. In comparison to the wealthy men and women who have already contributed, her offering is small and insignificant. Yet to her, this generosity is an incredible risk.
It’s been nearly three weeks since Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti’s southern peninsula. In the days since then, much has been accomplished, though much more remains to be done. World Renew Senior Project Manager Ken Little arrived in Haiti on October 8 and traveled from Port-au-Prince to the hardest areas in south-western Haiti to assess the damage.
World Renew is responding to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew, which made a direct hit on the southwest corner Haiti on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. World Renew staff on the ground in Leogane and Duchity are assessing the needs of those who were affected and are determining how resources can best be used to provide emergency aid to those who need it most – even as Matthew heads for the U.S. East Coast today.
Forecasts have Hurricane Matthew making a direct hit on Haiti as a category 4 storm,” said Ken Kim, World Renew’s Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation. “This has potential to be catastrophic for the people of Haiti. Please join me in praying that this won’t happen.”