Hurricane Matthew first made landfall in Haiti on October 4, 2016, slamming into the coastline with 140 mph winds and torrential rain, then pounded the Caribbean as well as the coastal US from Florida to North Carolina. A total of 546 people have been confirmed dead in Haiti and more than 24 in the US. Since then, our teams have been actively engaged in the response effort in Florida and North Carolina and in Haiti, we launched the Haiti Hurricane Response.
All Hands Volunteers joins with our partners, Bell Helicopter and Airlink to express our sadness regarding the fatal accident that occurred on November 12 during our food distribution effort. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families who have suffered this tragic loss.
What: Hurricane Matthew Response
Where: Port Salut, Haiti
When: October 04, 2016 to November 10, 2016
After Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, All Hands Volunteers focused on clearing rubble and debris from 6 schools in Port Salut, helping 1400 students get back to school. We also partnered with Mission of Hope to distribute rice that was flown in by helicopter. This operation has delivered 41.53 metric tons of food equating to meals for 107,964 people.
The program is All Hands’ third disaster response in Haiti. Following the 2010 earthquake, our volunteer teams worked in Leogane, Haiti, clearing rubble, building schools and installing water filtration units for two years. As we recognize and empathize with the plight of the Haitian people, we will continue to watch the situation carefully and evaluate opportunities to help with the continuing recovery effort as the situation stabilizes.