In the early morning hours of October 4, 2016 Hurricane Matthew ripped through the Grande Anse River Valley of Haiti. A category 5 hurricane, Matthew’s immense destruction was inevitable. For 4 days after the hurricane made landfall, we waited, worried and prayed. When we finally received word that our friends in Haiti were safe, a weight was lifted and we felt like we could breathe again. The damage was wide-spread, and the work ahead of us was great. We set out to work fundraising right away, and the moment we could, we began bringing relief to the area we serve in Haiti.
To date we have provided the people of the Grande Anse River Valley with nearly 300,000 pounds of food, 4,000 sheets of metal roofing, 9,600 pounds of seeds for replanting, we have begun distributing livestock for breeding, and started the process for rebuilding the first wave of homes. In November, we had our annual medical trip where our doctors, nurses and support volunteers treated approximately 350 patients, many of whom had sustained injury or illness as a result of the hurricane. This number was fewer than in previous years, largely because of unsafe travel conditions caused by the hurricane and continued torrential rain fall. In the coming months, we will be replacing more livestock, providing in home water filtration systems and providing materials and training for our Haitian friends to continue rebuilding the homes that were completely lost. To date New Life for Haiti has raise $120,000 for hurricane relief and we continue to work hard to restore stability to the Grande Anse River Valley.