On October 3-4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew slammed through Haiti with incredible force, destroying much of our southern peninsula. In particular, Les Cayes, Jeremie and Grand Goave were devastated – leaving homes destroyed and crops ruined. Many of our students’ families live in these areas, and as a result, our extended family at REBUILD globally was directly affected by this disaster.
REBUILD globally raised $20,611 from 164 changemakers for Hurricane Matthew!
We got to work right away! Staying true to our efforts of sustainable development, we created a plan to make sure every dollar raised was used in a way that would aid with immediate needs and the long-term recovery of impact communities.
Charlene is a student in our Elev Education Program. Soon after the hurricane she reported that her grandfather’s’ house in Jeremie was severely damaged. At 80 years old, he was forced to move back to Port-au-Prince for housing. Once this was brought to our attention, we worked to collect 23 sheets of tin for her to provide to her family.
This gift not only allowed her grandfather to move back into his own home, but also the three other people that lived him in in Jeremie.
In December, we posted our first hurricane relief effort update and shared how your donations helped our staff member Omel travel back to his home for the first time in years to help his family rebuild from this disaster. REBUILD globally was also able to identify structural vulnerabilities at our two workshops and has been working towards improving these areas so that we can better protect our people and their livelihoods. Almost six months later, our work still continues and we have more stories to share with you.
We were very saddened to report that Kenold, one of students in 9th grade, lost his grandfather in the storm. Additionally, Lovely, Taina, Rebeka, Wenson, Roseberline, James, Betiana, Rose-Carmelle and Charlene all have family members who live in the provinces whose home were completely destroyed, leaving them homeless.
Thankfully, however, with the generous contributions of donors like you, we were able to assist the parents of our students through an assistance program, by purchasing tin roofing, and helping them to support their families by rebuilding their homes.
Your support allowed for smiles and hope to return to their faces!
The parents and the students are so happy and grateful about this gift for their families, and their ability to start to rebuild. Again, we could not make such great difference and impact without all of you! In creole we say: “Men ampil, chay pa lou.”
With many hands, the load is lightened.
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