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.

Photo: ACT Alliance, LWF

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 responded through ACT Alliance members to address urgent needs and provide humanitarian aid in the form of food, emergency non-food items, shelter, and water and sanitation services.

With the generous support of Presbyterians, PWS&D is also responding with partners at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and working with local partner FODES to improve the food security of 1,200 families affected by Hurricane Matthew.

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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