Hurricane Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on Tuesday October 4th, 2016. The devastation of this hurricane will be felt for years to come for the people of Southern Haiti. The rains and winds literally wiped out all agriculture. In a land where more than half of the population live below the poverty line this kind of disaster is crushing to the people of Haiti.

Here is what we know right now:

  • As far as we know, all the children and the people within the area we support are okay and unharmed.
  • There is damage to the Boys Home and church in Guibert as well as damage to a multitude of  homes and churches.
  • All crops are destroyed. The farmers should be harvesting found right now.-All fruit bearing banana trees are gone.-All avocado trees are knocked down. There are avocados all over the ground, rotting.-All coffee plants are destroyed.-The dry season starts in November.
  • What does this mean? If you planted seeds or seedlings today, they would not be available for food for at least 6 months assuming that the farmer found a way to water them during the dry season. The smaller banana trees that receive nourishment and protection from the larger banana trees will die by April. Even if the farmer managed to keep them alive, bananas would not be available for at least 12 months. Avocados are a staple food and a cash crop for farmers. Without bananas, avocados, and coffee to harvest and sell, the farmers in Kenscoff have no income to buy other seeds or produce or buy food in local markets. The humanitarian issues created for the Kenscoff area and the rest of Haiti by the loss of these crops is staggering. We need to plan on providing food for people for at least 18 months.
  • Good news, all the houses Hope for the Hungry helped build after the earthquake resisted the hurricane.

What we are doing:

Hurricane Matthew

  • Feeding people using the Kids Against Hunger food and whatever else is available locally. If you are interested in packaging food please contact Jeff Pedigo 254-939-0124
  • Shelter is being provided where needed by Pastor Jean Alix and our ministry partner Together for Haiti.
  • Needed repairs to the Boy’s Home in Guibert are needed.
  • Roofing and repairing houses is the first priority for now.
  • We are in the process of sending water filters in partnership with some great partners.

What we need:

  • We need donations to help with food, water, and building materials.
  • We need teams to donate and gather to host Kids Against Hunger food packaging events.
  • We need you to pray for the people of Haiti and for the leadership for all of us involved.
  • We can’t do this alone and we are need you to help share your resources to help Haiti.