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Hurricane Matthew Update #2

img_0740In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, many have been reaching out to us and asking how they can help. After taking a week to assess the situation on the ground, we wanted to write to our supporters.

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew is vast. In countless cases, homes were badly damaged or completely destroyed. Much of the livestock owned by Haitian farmers was simply carried away by the wind and floods, as were any crops they had labored to produce. In many places, the drinking water is contaminated, increasing the risk of the spread of cholera. Bridges and roads were washed away and southern Haiti’s access to food has become extremely limited.

While we are heartbroken over the decimation of Haiti, Poverty Resolutions is not a relief organization. We specialize in community engagement, child development, providing skill training, discipleship, and community engagement. However, we care deeply about the struggles the Haitians are now facing and desire to use the relationships we have built throughout Haiti to effectively provide post-hurricane support.

We believe in working with the local community and in partnering with Haitian-run organizations to impact communities directly. To that end, we have decided to partner with several local organizations to be most effective. We are still looking into several ways to help, but we are moving forward with a few partners and wanted to begin our fundraising efforts.

We have decided to partner with a missionary who works under the umbrella of MEBSH (The Evangelical Baptist Mission of South Haiti), a consortium of 400+ churches that are mostly located in the devastated region. We know and trust the MEBSH team, and are confident they will best be able to assess the current needs and make wise decisions regarding distribution of relief funds.

We are also connected to missionaries who are active in Plaisance. They are high up in the mountains and have experienced tremendous damage to homes and other buildings, as well as significant loss of crops and other food sources. These folks run an orphanage and a medical clinic, and one of their primary concerns is the lack of available food.

Will you consider joining us as we seek to provide relief to the tens of thousands of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew? The funds we receive towards relief efforts will be used to support these urgent needs. If you’d like to contribute, please visit https://purecharity.com/hurricane-matthew.

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity. Thank you, as well, for your continued prayers for the people and nation of Haiti. As we move forward in support of these partners, all of our own projects and programs in Arcahaie continue as well. Please continue to keep Haiti, our staff, and the work there in your thoughts and prayers.

With care,

The Poverty Resolutions Team