UPDATE: OCTOBER 12, 2016 – 11:00 AM
One week after Hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti, the death toll has surpassed 1,000. Thousands more are injured. And now another problem is endangering everyone in the country—cholera.
Haiti already had one of the highest cholera rates in the world before the hurricane, but the massive flooding caused by Matthew’s rainfall has amplified the spread of the waterborne disease. Many hand dug wells have been contaminated and are no longer safe for drinking.
The World Health Organization is sending 1,000,000 cholera vaccine doses to Haiti in an attempt to prevent a larger outbreak.
CRF is now focusing on providing food and clean water to those who no longer have a safe water source in Haiti. As the flooding continues to recede, we are preparing to begin drilling new water wells for those whose hand dug wells have become contaminated.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 7, 2016 – 2:00 PM
We have received an update from our team in Cap Haitien, Haiti. All of our sponsored children in Haiti are safe and secure. Hurricane Matthew did not directly strike this area, but heavy rain from the storm caused the river to rise over its banks and destroyed many homes and farms. Please continue praying for those affected by this disaster.
Category 4 Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti early this morning with sustained winds of 145 mph. This is the first major hurricane to hit Haiti in more than 50 years. In a nation still rebuilding from the 2010 earthquake that killed nearly a quarter of a million people, this blow we are expecting this storm to be especially devastating.
Haiti is largely deforested and, with the storm expected to drop up to 2 feet of rain on parts of the island, flooding and mudslides are likely to be a problem. High winds will destroy homes and buildings which are typically made from mud and stick or weak cinderblocks, even after the hurricane has passed, Haiti will most likely see a big rise in cholera cases due to flooding.
Our team is already on the ground distributing clean water and food and working to provide immediate shelter for those who have been displaced.
The people of Haiti are already vulnerable, but this hurricane—and the flooding and disease in its wake—are going to make matters worse.
Here’s how you can help:
1 – Pray. Prayer is the most pressing need for those who are in the middle of this storm. We encourage you to pray for protection, peace and hope for everyone affected. And to ask God how He would have you help the victims.
2 – Give. The second biggest need is for monetary support. We need your help to purchase clean water, food and other relief supplies that will be used to bring help and hope to those impacted by this devastating natural disaster.
3 – Tell your friends. Because of our long history working in Haiti, CRF is positioned to provide the maximum amount of help to the victims of this disaster—especially orphans and the elderly. Encourage your friends to give so we can increase our impact. You can even share this blog post with them on Facebook.
4 – Stay Informed. Over the coming days, we will continue evaluating how best to move forward with our relief effort. There will be more needs that become evident as the country begins to rebuild. Keep in touch with CRF via our blog so you can be aware of the most current needs and opportunities to help.