Hurricane Matthew in the News
In the 2 weeks since Hurricane Matthew roared across southern Haiti, a host of articles have been published about the disaster and the relief effort. Most articles suggest that aid is “on its way”, but from our church partner on the ground, Pastor Samuel, we’ve heard that there still hasn’t been a single aid convoy sighted in Torbeck or the surrounding areas. This is the message he sent us yesterday…
“Yesterday we went to a remote church in the mountings we could not get to the place we really wanted to it was raining the road was not good our car could not get to the exact place but we serve the people at the last stop we were maybe God wanted these people to have some food…some of our target people came down and have some food but we will go back there on Friday…tomorrow we will be in Arniquet….no distribution today….”
In the past week, Sam has delivered beans, rice, and cooking oil to approximately 800 local families, reaching from Charlette to Rosiere, thanks to the generosity shown by many of you in response to the disaster! If you know of anyone else who would like to contribute to the relief effort that Pastor Samuel is directing on behalf of the Glory Glory Center and Communauté de Gloire (Sam’s church), please pass this message on with this link to the Mariners Church Disaster Relief Fund.
To learn more about the current situation in Haiti, please link to any of the articles listed below.
“Before you get on a plane, or donate a pile of old clothes, ask the experts what Haiti really needs right now. Rilling [USAID] says donations of clothes, food and toys can get in the way of emergency deliveries that organizations have coordinated and often just pile up unused. Across the board, all the groups interviewed for this story said the same thing: after a disaster, the thing Haiti needs most is cold, hard cash. ‘All the good that you want to do can be done with cash donations,’ says Rilling.”
What You Need To Know If You’d Like To Help Post-Hurricane Haiti
Eleanor Klibanoff, NPR 7:00 AM EDT October 15, 2016
“We were both witness to the horror of the 2010 earthquake. This current emergency relief effort feels wildly different. Although there are a few international organizations trying to ramp up aid efforts, the international community’s response has so far been strangely muted. The U.N. put out an emergency appeal for about $120 million for lifesaving relief following Hurricane Matthew, but only about 12% of that request has been committed. Clearly, the world is not paying enough attention to the growing tragedy.” —Authors Shapiro & Black with the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation
The World Must Not Abandon Haiti to the Devastation Left by Hurricane Matthew.
Conor Shapiro & Lynn Black, Time Oct. 17, 2016
“Imagine that for the moment you have a bit of money reserved and a little plantain tree,” Darius says. “The tree fell [in the storm], and you cut it. You can survive for two or three weeks. But after 15 or 22 days, you won’t have anything left. So aid would help us a lot.” He goes on, “People eat, but you don’t eat to fill your stomach, you eat just enough to keep going. I wish for help to come as quickly as possible because if you wait 15 or 22 days, people might not survive.” —Anderson Darius, resident of Scipion near Port-Salut
Once-dreamy Haitian beach town picks up the pieces after Hurricane Matthew.
Amy Bracken, GlobalPost 4:59 p.m. EDT October 17, 2016
“If people are living in tin-roof shacks when a hurricane hits, ruin is predictable. But why are so many Haitians still living in such dire poverty in the 21st century? Paradoxically, the answer may be tied to the way in which humanitarian aid, necessary and welcome in an emergency, easily morphs into permanent charity, which undermines local markets and spawns dependency.”
The Curse of Charity in Haiti
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Wall Street Journal 5:25 p.m. EDT Oct. 16, 2016