Hurricane Matthew began battering Haiti last night. At this very moment, many communities are experiencing extremely high winds, heavy rains and flooding. Loss of life has already been reported and we are praying for the best, though we know Haiti is still extremely vulnerable.
We know these communities intimately – we have worked in Haiti since our founding in 1912, we responded to numerous emergencies, and today we are helping more people than ever before.
We need your help.
Jessica, pictured above, lives in a tent with her mother and her two-year-old brother Jameson, in the hills just miles from the ocean on the southern edge of Haiti. Imagine how their tent is faring in torrential rain and winds over 100 miles per hour. Now, imagine thousands of additional families facing the same situation. Those experiencing severe poverty, like Jessica and her family, are the most at-risk in times of emergency.
We have a highly experienced team on the ground that is mobilizing partners and resources, but Haiti faces enormous challenges. Besides rampant flooding, landslides and injuries from the storm, the people of Haiti will now face unsafe water conditions, amidst a cholera epidemic that has claimed over 10,000 lives, and food insecurity.
After all the progress we have made together, the people of Haiti need us now even more than before. Please pray for the people of Haiti. And please consider making a gift today to support the most vulnerable in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Your support, even a small amount, saves lives.