Why help Haiti?
The death toll in the southwest of Haiti has climbed past 1000 people since the storm hit last week. Crops and livestock have been wiped away. Rates of cholera have already increased in areas where flooding occurred, and there is additional concern that cholera will continue to spread throughout the country.
Hurricane Matthew’s Impact on Haiti’s Northwest Region
The Northwest Department (also known as the Diocese of Port-de-Paix), is the poorest region in Haiti, and one of its most inaccessible. Hurricane Matthew brought devastating winds and rains to the Diocese on October 4, as the storm passed directly between the easternmost region of Cuba and the northwest peninsula of Haiti.
Due to its isolation and lack of infrastructure, the area has received little to no media coverage nor international aid.
Barry will support the communities of Northwest Haiti through its long-term partnership with Amor En Acción, the organization that has fostered the Archdiocese of Miami’s 40-year sister-diocese relationship with the Diocese of Port-de-Paix.
Monetary donations made to Amor En Acción will directly benefit families in the Diocese of Port-de-Paix through provisions of basic food staples, rebuilding supplies, sanitation materials, and replanting and agricultural supplies.
Notre Dame D’Haiti Collections
Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church is collecting goods to ship to hurricane victims in Haiti’s southwest. The following items can be deposited in marked boxes in Campus Ministry, the CCSI (Adrian 208), the Kirk Landon Student Union, and Thompson Hall.
- New batteries
- Flash lights
- Canned food
- Sealed and packaged dry goods
- Medical supplies (basic first aid)
Barry’s Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI), with the support of Campus Ministry, is coordinating Barry’s support of relief efforts in Haiti. Please direct inquires to the CCSI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-899-3696.