Last week I travelled to Haiti as part of ActionAid’s emergency response team in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which struck on 4th October, killing hundreds of people and destroying thousands of homes and livelihoods.
Since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on 4 October, ActionAid's local staff have distributed emergency supplies to over 16,000 people. While distributing these supplies, our teams have met many children who, thankfully, survived the full force of the hurricane, but whose futures still remain uncertain. Hungry and living in temporary shelters, with little hope of returning to school quickly, these children need support in the weeks following the immediate aftermath of the disaster. We cannot forget the children still at risk in Haiti.
Haiti is facing a humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Matthew, a category four hurricane that struck on 4 October 2016, devastating homes, schools, crops, water supplies and roads. ActionAid has worked in Haiti since 1996 so we are well-placed to provide a swift emergency response. Our team on the ground is working with local networks in the Grand’Anse area in the south west of the country, to identify the most urgent problems, and provide emergency support. We're bringing you the latest updates and stories from our emergency team. The most recent content is at the top.
Dorcas Erskine, our Director of Policy, Advocacy and Programmes, met girls for a mentorship session on the London Eye as part of Women Of The World's celebration of the Day of the Girl. She describes meeting inspiring young girls, why she thinks mentorship is important, and what she wanted to be when she grew up.
Alliance works for ActionAid in Haiti. He is in our emergency response team currently travelling through Haiti to reach the cut off area of Grand’Anse in the south of the country. He is working with partners and women community leaders to distribute emergency food and water, and to assess the impact of the hurricane and the scale of the further emergency response needed. Yesterday Alliance reached the small town of Vallue, and here tells us how Hurricane Matthew has affected the people there.
Over half a million women, children and men in Haiti are currently in urgent need of food, clean drinking water and safe shelter after Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful hurricane to hit the Caribbean in nearly a decade, struck the country on Tuesday.