Haiti Update: One Month Post-Hurricane Matthew
It has been almost exactly one month since Hurricane Matthew devastated southern Haiti, and there are many stories to be told. There are stories of great heartache, lives lost, homes destroyed, and people in desperate need of food and water. Yet there are stories of hope as well.
Pastor Samuel Metelus, Mariners’ Haitian ministry partner and a great man of God, has found in the disaster an opportunity to minister to the people around him. Rather than beginning to immediately rebuild the Glory Glory Center (children’s home), which sustained significant damage, Sam has been focusing his efforts instead on serving the local community. To date, he has distributed rice, beans, cooking oil, and clean drinking water to more than 1,600 families (minimum 6,400 people) in six different towns. He has temporarily taken in a number of children whose parents are currently unable to shelter them, and he has begun helping others rebuild with gifts of plywood, sheet metal, and wire.
Hurricane Matthew by the Numbers
- 2.1 million people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew
- 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian aid
- 806,000 people requiring immediate food assistance
- 150,000 households destroyed, heavily damaged or flooded
- 100% crop loss in certain areas
- 80% livestock killed in certain areas
Current Situation at the Glory Glory Center
- Perimeter wall sustained damage, but has already been repaired.
- Children’s dorms are still standing, but soft goods were destroyed by rain and tidal surge, including mattresses, pillows and linens and most of the children’s clothing, shoes, school books and school supplies.
- Clean water well is miraculously not contaminated! It is the only clean water in the neighborhood.
- Cisterns were all damaged and must be replaced.
- Generator was untouched but the price of gas has skyrocketed.
- Church/medical clinic and the new cafeteria lost their roofs.
- Everything stored in the church was destroyed, including pews, instruments, sound equipment, medical supplies, battery and router.
Haiti Ministry leaders, Dave and Susan Watkins, have worked tirelessly to coordinate efforts with Mariners and Pastor Sam to provide the necessary aid to him and to share the stories of what is occurring in Haiti with the Mariners community.
What is Mariners Church doing?
Mariners recognizes the deep pain that our Haitian family is experiencing as a result of this disaster, and we’re eager to help. On November 9th, members of the congregation joined together in a Night of Prayer in solidarity with Pastor Samuel, his team, and all the people of Haiti affected by the hurricane. Please keep our Haitian family in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to move forward through relief into recovery.
Give online at www.MarinersChurch.org/haiti (Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund)