Hurricane Matthew Devastated Haiti – One Year Later

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Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall In Western Haiti (NHC)

It’s hard to believe but today marks the one-year anniversary since Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti. Since that day, Cross International has been providing life-saving assistance to the country. This includes food, medicine and vital humanitarian services.

According to the organization, their work continues in Haiti.  “Cross International continues its ongoing commitment to uplifting the poorest of the poor including our brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti,” said Jim Cavnar, President, Cross International.

Since last year, Cross International reports that:

·         Over 6.5 million meals were sent to Haiti

·         More than 5,000 rehydration packages were delivered

·         More than 51,840 people received antibiotics

·         More than 35,000 metal roofing sheets were dispersed

·         More than 14,000 people received requested medications

·         More than 230 homes were built or repaired (More continue to be repaired                      providing homes for over 2,000 people by the end of 2017)

“This is just some of our efforts in Haiti. We will continue or work long term with our partners in Haiti, so we will continue to support their needs,” Cavnar added.

Note on Hurricane Relief:

Currently Cross International is helping the island of Dominica, which was decimated by Hurricane Maria, and is not receiving any government aid from the U.S.

They have, also, responded to the island of Tortola which was hit by Hurricane Irma. In addition, they have responded in Texas (Harvey) and Florida (Irma).

The aid they are providing includes 40’ containers (on the islands) and 53’ truckloads of personal care supplies, hygiene/sanitary products, water and Gatorade.  These items were chosen based on the FEMA approved list of items of greatest need following recent disasters.

To help Cross International call: 888-466-6788

Source: Cross International

Video courtesy Cross International

Cross International: Cross International’s priority is to help “the poorest of the poor.”  Efforts reach those suffering extreme poverty in countries throughout the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Projects include relief for earthquake, flood and tsunami victims, care and education for orphans and other vulnerable children, housing for the homeless, medicines and health care for the indigent, food for families suffering extreme malnutrition, and clean water for communities that have none, as well as micro-enterprise programs and other long-term development efforts to break the cycle of poverty.

In every case, the method of outreach is the same: Cross International locates needy church-based ministries and other faith-based organizations serving the poor and distributes material aid through their existing programs.

 

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