Hurricane Matthew Continues to Impact Millions: How You Can Help

Children view the flooded Grise River in the locality of Croix-des-Missions, Port-au-Prince as Hurricane Mathew crosses the island country of Haiti.

The challenges facing families impacted by Hurricane Matthew are far from over. Children are still vulnerable in the U.S. and Haiti because of dangerous flooding, structural damage and power outages.

In Haiti, the estimates are that over 800 people were killed. Officials reported some 28,000 homes were damaged and up to 130,000 children are estimated to be out of school. In total, up to five million people are estimated to be affected and the government has said that up to 350,000 people require immediate assistance.

Children watch as residents cross the flooded Ladigue River after a bridge collapse in Petit Goave, Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Our work in Haiti spans more than 40 years supporting 131 schools, including 27 in the departments of Sud and Grand’Anse and 39 in Port-au-Prince. We’ve deployed an Emergency Response Team and our Emergency Health Unit, staffed by doctors and health experts from around the world focusing on:

  • Cholera prevention and basic health services.
  • Setting up “child-friendly spaces” to provide children unable to go to school with a safe and protected space supported by trained staff, while their parents deal with the aftermath of the storm.
  • Stockpiling non-food items including hygiene kits, baby items, household kits, mosquito nets and jerry cans, which will be used in coming days.

We are also mobilizing to help U.S. children and families affected by this monster storm.

  • We have staff in Florida and South Carolina assessing the most urgent needs, especially as they relate to children.
  • We are making preparations to set up child-friendly spaces in shelters to provide critical care for children and families in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

How You Can Help

Save the Children’s local Hurricane Matthew Relief Team distributed basic food staples — rice, beans, oil, corn and sugar at Camp-Perrin in the hard-hit Les Cayes region in southern Haiti, where there are about 40 families living at the temporary shelter, about 205 people all together.

Your generous contribution to the Hurricane Matthew Children’s Relief Fund supports our ongoing relief efforts wherever they are needed and helps Save the Children to provide for ongoing critical needs such as:

  • Blankets, shelter supplies and household kits.
  • Support for the prevention and management of cholera and other waterborne diseases.
  • Safe and supportive child and adolescent-friendly spaces.
  • Rehabilitating schools and identifying alternative education options..
The families reported they were in dire need of food and were very happy to receive supplies. The girls and boys were particularly excited to see Save the Children’s relief team and put on a brave face despite their hunger.

It is never easy to witness the devastation caused by a deadly storm like Matthew, but with your generous support, we will be there for girls and boys when they need us most.

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Photo Credit: Ray-ginald Louissaint/ Save the Children