Emergency support for the Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew

CHRISTIAN aid agencies are calling for emergency support for Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew. Tearfund and Christian Aid have launched appeals to help their work on the ground in Haiti, where it is estimated that between three and five million people have been affected. The hurricane is the worst to hit Haiti since 1954 and comes as the country is still vulnerable from the earthquake of 2010.

Scenes of devastation in Haiti. Photo Marc Antoine/Tearfund.

Scenes of devastation in Haiti. Photo Marc Antoine/Tearfund.

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Scenes of devastation in Haiti. Photo: Marc Antoine/Tearfund.

Tearfund and Christian Aid have launched appeals to help their work on the ground in Haiti, where it is estimated that between three and five million people have been affected. The hurricane is the worst to hit Haiti since 1954 and comes as the country is still vulnerable from the earthquake of 2010.

Marc Antoine, Tearfund’s Haiti Advocacy Officer, said: “Food is scarce, clean water is scarce, but hope abounds. Roofs are gone, livestock are gone, but hope abounds. During my three days in Jeremie I have seen hope in the midst of devastation; it has been the hope of the victims that has reinforced my hope for Haiti.”

Marc Antoine, Tearfund’s Haiti Advocacy Officer, said: “Food is scarce, clean water is scarce, but hope abounds. Roofs are gone, livestock are gone, but hope abounds. During my three days in Jeremie I have seen hope in the midst of devastation; it has been the hope of the victims that has reinforced my hope for Haiti.”

Tearfund has been at work in Haiti for more than 30 years, especially in many of the poorest and most vulnerable areas. Along with local partner organisations, Tearfund has been working hard to make communities more robust – better able to withstand the effects of disasters like this.

Christian Aid partners have been working in Haiti for two years. In response to the latest hurricane they are distributing hygiene kits, including soap, dry food (rice, beans, corn), clean drinking water, water purification tablets, emergency shelter packs (including plastic sheeting), and metal sheeting, nails and hammers to repair roofs.

Christian Aid partners have been working in Haiti for two years. In response to the latest hurricane they are distributing hygiene kits, including soap, dry food (rice, beans, corn), clean drinking water, water purification tablets, emergency shelter packs (including plastic sheeting), and metal sheeting, nails and hammers to repair roofs.

A Christian Aid spokesman said: “We are very pleased to find that homes we had built in southern Haiti after the earthquake had survived the hurricane and are being used to shelter families who lost their homes to the hurricane.”