On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew slammed into the southwest coast of Haiti. In the wake of the powerful storm, parts of the island nation faced complete destruction.
Winds up to 240 km/h, flooding and mudslides damaged roads and homes, flattened fields, caused food and water shortages and triggered widespread illness. With the death toll surpassing 1,000 and 1.4 million people in need, it is the largest humanitarian crisis to arise since the earthquake in 2010.
PWS&D is working with local partner FODES to improve the food security of 1,200 families affected by Hurricane Matthew. The response will take place in an area of the country where large sections of agricultural access roads were washed away—making the movement of food very difficult. Over 80 per cent of farmers in the area report losing between three quarters to all of their currently cultivated fields.
Together, our response is providing the following support:
- Food packages containing rice, corn, beans, vegetable oil and dried herring for 800 of the most vulnerable households for a period of three months. These households include those with pregnant or nursing mothers and those headed by women, the elderly or people with disabilities. These families will receive food kits that will meet the needs of a family of six people for a month.
- Seeds for 700 farmers, enabling rural families to restore their land. Farmers will receive fast-growing seeds (including corn, beans and sweet potatoes) that allow families to consume their harvest in the next three months.
- Rural road rehabilitation through a food for work project. Four hundred families will receive food in exchange for their time and labour. Road rehabilitation will also help ensure the movement of crops and food items within the communities.
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*This project receives support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank. PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. This project was undertaken with matching support from the Government of Canada.