The devastating consequences of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt throughout the Caribbean – particularly Haiti and Cuba – and northeastern United States. At least 180 people have lost their lives. Severe flooding, landslides and massive destruction of property and infrastructure has left damage estimates at over $52 billion.
PWS&D is focusing its response on Haiti where the needs are the greatest in the wake of Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy – with devastating impacts being felt in the agricultural sector particularly, which PWS&D has been actively supporting since the earthquake in 2010.
PWS&D continues to support emergency and long-term development activities in Haiti – integrating emergency relief efforts into long-term recovery and development projects aimed to promote greater resiliency in the face of future natural disasters. This focus on resiliency also includes working with local farmers to improve access to food and improve nutrition, and providing farmers with tools, seeds, livestock and agricultural training.
PWS&D will be responding to Hurricane Sandy through the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). Project plans are being developed based on needs assessments that are currently being carried out. Through CFGB and ACT, local partners will be carrying out responses that range from food distributions, to psychosocial support and livelihood restoration.
You Can Help
If you would like to make a donation in support of Hurricane Sandy assistance, call 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291, donate online, through your church or mail a cheque to the office. Please mark your donation “Hurricane Sandy.”