Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane, hit Haiti, the Bahamas and the United States early in October. OpUSA is currently monitoring the situation, assessing damage and emerging needs, and preparing to support relief and recovery efforts.
Updates will be shared as they become available.
Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and the Bahamas in early October, causing flooding and widespread structural damages. In Haiti, a reported 900 people were killed, while tens of thousands of people lost their homes. UN representatives have stated that as many as one million people are currently in need of relief aid. Damage caused by the hurricane further exacerbates the conditions in Haiti, where communities have been vulnerable since the 2010 earthquake and a subsequent cholera outbreak. Relief workers now fear that the storm’s impact will result in major setbacks to health and recovery progress being made in the country. Several people have died as a result of cholera in the wake of flooding caused by the storm, heightening concerns for another outbreak of the disease.
Operation USA has worked in Haiti since 2008. In Jacmel, where conditions are still weakened since the 2010 earthquake, we continue to support Ecole Nationale JM Henriquez, a school rebuilt in partnership with Honeywell as part of earthquake recovery efforts. There, students, staff and partners face new damage and devastation due to the hurricane.
On Friday, October 7th, Operation USA’s Haiti Country Director arrived in the country to meet with local partners and assess the devastation in Jacmel and surrounding area. Photos captured in Belanse and Bainet, on Haiti’s southwestern coast, show major destruction. In addition to structural damage, the country’s crops have also suffered extensively–worsening an already persistent food crisis, as an estimated 3.6 million people (one third of the country’s population) were struggling to maintain access to food before the storm hit. That number is certain to increase as a result of storm damage. Access to clean drinking is also limited.
Haiti is now in enormous need of support from foreign aid agencies and the public. Operation USA is seeking funds as well as bulk donations of in-kind materials for delivery to affected communities, and will continue to work with partners to deliver aid where it’s needed most as long as funds and opportunities allow. OpUSA will maintain close contact with the community of Jacmel and partners in all areas affected by Hurricane Matthew in order to expedite the recovery process once the full extent of damage is known.
After sweeping Haiti and the Bahamas, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the United States, causing widespread damage across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, and killing 16 people. As of Sunday night the storm had been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, but experts warn that it could continue to wreak havoc of parts of the United States for several days. Though Matthew’s impact was lesser than expected in the United States, the resulting damage is serious, and officials on Sunday called on the public to support relief efforts–especially as election news distracted from storm coverage.
Too often, overlooked and under-served communities are completely devastated by major disasters and the long and challenging recovery period that follows. Operation USA prides itself on supporting health and education programs to help children and families in these areas recover, build resiliency and thrive. We maintain low overhead and direct funds where they are needed most, ensuring that your donation has a maximum impact.
Check back for further updates.
HOW TO HELP:
Donate online at give.opusa.org.
100% of donations restricted to this cause will be allocated directly to relief and recovery from Hurricane Matthew.
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Mail checks to: Operation USA, PO BOX 36188, Los Angeles, CA 90036-0188
Call 323.413.2353 to process a credit card donation by phone.
Visit United Airlines to donate air miles, which can be used to send Operation USA staff members to areas in need. Just visit this link and then scroll down to find Operation USA in the alphabetical list.
Donate in-kind materials such as bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies, transportation and shipping services, shelter, power generation, water purification and medical supplies and help get a shipment to Ecuador ASAP. Contact us to discuss.
Due to the nature of distributing supplies in disaster-impacted countries, we cannot accept non-bulk donations from individuals. To make the most of your donation of clothes or other non-bulk materials, please consider a local organization in your own community.