HAITI: Surviving Hurricane Matthew

A family cooks among the debris after Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. EFE/Orlando Barria

UPDATE: Hurricane Matthew

  • More than 1,000 men, women and children dead
  • More than 200,000 homes damaged
  • 1.4 million people in need of assistance
  • Crops and livelihoods in the south were washed away
  • Response activities have started through identification of persons with disabilities and setting up a database for referral.

On Tuesday, October 4, Haiti was hit by the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in nearly a decade.

Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, brought 230 km/h winds, heavy rain and dangerous storm surges to a country already fragile and struggling.

Over the past 3 days, our partners on the ground have been assessing the damage, and every day the news is increasingly dire.

A reported 900 men, women and children have been killed and the count is expected to grow significantly.

  • More than 200,000 homes have been damaged.
  • 1.3 million people are in need of assistance and at risk of water-borne diseases like cholera.
  • Crops and livelihoods have been washed away.

We know from decades of experience that young children, the elderly and those with disabilities are the most vulnerable in these kinds of crises.

Imagine how difficult, if not impossible, it is for people in wheelchairs – trying to get through the floodwaters. Or how terrifying it must be for those who can’t see to find their way to safety.

Our partners stand ready to ensure people with disabilities and those at immediate risk of disability get the life-saving help they need. And we commit to staying to help rebuild lives. To do this, we need your help.


Phase 1: Life-Saving Care
Ensuring people with disabilities or at immediate risk of disability get the food, water and shelter they need to survive

Phase 2: Medical Care and Rehabilitation
Providing mid-term care for those who are injured or who require mobility, hearing or visual devices.

Phase 3: Re-building Lives
Giving longer term livelihood support to surviving families living with disability.

Pray that God would be close to the people of the Haiti.

How you can help people in Haiti survive Hurricane Matthew

More than a million people need help. The most vulnerable people need our help now.

Food vouchers – $400/month for a family of 7 – $57 per person
Giving families the wherewithal to buy food, livestock, utensils, clothing.

Roofing repair – $3,320/home
Includes metal sheeting, nails, wood beams, screening to prevent zika, malaria,

Restoring Livelihoods – livestock and gardens
People have lost their livestock – a source of both food and income.
• 1 goat – $265
• 1 chicken + 1 rooster – $43
• 1 baby pig – $225

Gardening – $490 for a gardening kit
Gardens have been flooded and are full of rubble. Support to help families gardening fast producing vegetables is especially important for people with disabilities, children, pregnant women and older people Includes shovel, pick, wheelbarrow, boots, seeds and fertilizer.

“We people with disabilities are still more vulnerable than others at time of disasters. We need support to cope.” – Homer

Homer (an amputee) and his family of 8 have been surviving on fruit fallen from trees since the hurricane. His house near Les Cayes lost its roof and the garden crops were destroyed.