Members of the Clinton Foundation Community Respond to Hurricane Matthew; Ways to Support
By Scarlet Cronin, Head, Response & Resilience Track, Clinton Global Initiative and Greg Milne, Chief Metrics and Impact Officer, Clinton Foundation
This morning, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti with damaging winds of up to 145 mph and threatening up to 40 inches of rain, putting residents at risk of severe flooding, flash floods and landslides, and increasing a need for emergency healthcare. National and regional disaster management groups are mobilizing and positioning resources for the response including opening nearly 600 shelters, deploying medical resources, and emergency response personnel to serve on the ground.
Some of those joining the relief efforts include members of the CGI community and Clinton Foundation partners in Haiti. For more information about efforts underway and how you can help, see the following list, and check back for additional details.
Updated at 6pm ET Friday, October 21, 2016
Airlink, a rapid-response humanitarian relief organization that links airlines with international non-profits, is ready to support with airlift for relief workers and aid cargo should this situation require international assistance. You can help them respond to Hurricane Matthew and other disasters like it through their website here.
Direct Relief is maintaining close communication with partners in Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba, and is ready to dispatch pre-positioned emergency medical modules and additional emergency supplies and funds as needed. Read more about Direct Relief’s ongoing efforts and support through their website here.
International Medical Corps
International Med. Corps currently has programs in northern and western Haiti and an emergency response assessment team is currently on the way. Read more about how you can help support their efforts and donate here.
Operation Blessing has taken proactive steps in Haiti to help warn residents in vulnerable areas to evacuate, develop shelter plans and ready teams to immediately assist hurricane victims once the storm passes. In the village of Medan Belize, residents have been invited to use the school built by Operation Blessing as a shelter during and after the storm, and they have readied resources to respond to an increase in emergency healthcare. You can read more about their ongoing work and donate at their website here.
Partners in Health
Partners in Health is mobilizing personnel and resources to respond to flash floods and loss of infrastructure as well as urgent health care from their 12 health centers in the country’s central region. You can read more about their work and donate to emergency response efforts here.
PRODEV is ready to assist the communities they serve in the Village de La Renaissance and in Cite Soleil and in the South. They are working with local and international partners, focusing on children’s needs for safe learning space where they will receive daily meals, psycho-social support and the opportunity to thrive even in the midst of disaster. Learn more about their efforts and support through their website here.
Save the Children
Save the Children is deploying an emergency response team to work with staff and partners on the ground to help the children and families affected by the storm. The organization pre-positioned a stockpile of non-food items, including hygiene kits, baby items, household kits, mosquito nets and jerry cans, which will be used in coming days. Additional necessities will be supplied after the response team conducts an initial evaluation. To support Save the Children’s emergency response in Haiti, visit their website here.
Smallholder Farmers Alliance
The Smallholder Farmers Alliance is appealing for emergency donations (via their international affiliate, Impact Farming) so that it can prepare to assist farmers and their families — including those residing in the rural areas further inland, where heavy rains are inundating fields and blocking access to local markets.
To help the organization prepare to connect affected farmers with access to food and replacement seed for their crops, donate through Impact Farming’s website here.
Batey Relief Alliance
BRA, in partnership with Direct Relief, has disaster relief modules with medical aid kits, P&G water purifier tablets and food products ready to be distributed to victims in Haiti and Dominican Republic. Stay up to date and find out how you can support their efforts here.
J/P HRO is coordinating our efforts with partners on the ground to mobilize an effective response to Hurricane Matthew. Stay up to date on their work and find out how you can help here.
Concern Worldwide’s team of 130 people are preparing a response built on more than 20 years of experience in Haiti of responding to disasters and working with vulnerable communities toward long-term development in Port-au-Prince, La Gonave, and Saut d’Eau. They have activated a response plan that will tap pre-positioned stocks of essential relief items. Further activities will be dictated by rapid needs assessments to be undertaken as soon as possible. Read more and learn how you can support their efforts here.
Fonkoze, Haiti’s largest microfinance institution, is working to get financial systems up and running for its clients as soon as possible, as it has done in crises for over 20 years. Assessment teams are visiting client communities in the hardest hit areas to understand the damage and needs and Fonkoze will soon disburse new loans to clients. Find the latest information on Fonkoze’s response here.