Heifer Haiti Reporting Loss of Livestock, Housing from Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew made landfall near Les Anglais in western Haiti on Oct. 4, 2016 as a Category 4 storm, slamming the vulnerable nation with 145 MPH sustained winds and torrential rainfall. Our project participants in Haiti have suffered significant material damages including housing, crops and livestock.
Heifer currently works in 36 communities throughout Haiti. Hurricane Matthew pounded the island nation with high winds and heavy rain.
Weak infrastructure, poor sanitation and lack of social safety nets, among other factors, mean that the damage natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew are capable of wreaking is multiplied many times over when they strike developing nations. Haiti is still reeling from the devastating earthquake of 2010 and the outbreak of cholera that followed soon after. “Haitians have developed some resilience. Most of the people are going to have to start all over again. Whatever they accumulated the last few years has been all washed out. There’s no insurance system in place to help the people. This will really continue the poverty cycle,” said Heifer Haiti Country Director Hervil Cherubin.
Your donation will make a major impact in the lives of the families that need assistance. Help Haiti and other Heifer communities in need recover from natural disasters. Heifer’s disaster rehabilitation fund empowers communities to transition from meeting basic needs to more self-sufficient practices like livestock husbandry, planting and harvesting crops and rebuilding infrastructure and livelihoods.
The latest news and information from Haiti on Heifer's relief and recovery efforts can be found here on our World Ark Blog.