On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew delivered a devastating blow to Haiti. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA), the storm took the lives of 1,000 people and displaced 175,500 residents. HOPE worldwide immediately released $5,000 aimed at providing life-saving aid for members of our partner churches, their families and their communities.
Charles Ham, Hww International Disaster Response Coordinator, and Wade Cook, Hww Vice President of U.S. Programs, were soon on the ground assessing the situation and formulating an effective and sustainable recovery plan. Part of that was an appeal for funds, and we were humbled by the response. Over the Christmas holidays, HOPEww friends and partners rallied support to raise just over $210,000. Our sincere appreciation cannot be adequately expressed in words.
HOPEww will be repairing 44 houses at an average cost of $2,500 each. The work will focus on making homes safer and stronger to withstand future disasters.
Sadly, some partner church members remain in very precarious situations within their communities. Simply repairing their homes can make them visible targets for violent crime. In those situations, HOPEww plans to relocate them out of these conditions and into newly created communities where they can have safe shelter, clean water, viable sanitation and the emotional support to reclaim their futures.
To that end, HOPE worldwide and HOPE worldwide Haiti along with our partner organizations, are proposing the purchase of land to build a new Village of Hope. It will be similar to the thriving Village of HOPEww in Croix de Bouquets, Haiti, which was built following the 2010 earthquake. We are happy to report that the Village and its residents came through the storm safe and sound.
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