Rehabilitation and Specific Needs
Working with individuals who were injured in the storm to help regain strength with rehabilitation. Providing special aid like crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers.
Organizing humanitarian aid deliveries by sea, providing NGOs working in isolated regions with their supplies so the aid can reach those who need it without delay.
Distributing sheets and rope that families can use to build shelters, as well as cooking kits and water purification tablets.
Helping victims overcome their trauma, by providing one-on-one or group psychosocial support, and directing these individuals to other operators if they have other specific needs.
Week of October 23
HI BLOG: Massive needs in Haiti
Week of October 16
Handicap International Project Officer, Pauline Lavirotte, shares her concerns about the long-term impact of the disaster on already vulnerable populations in different parts of Haiti.
Special shout out to our supporters: Thank you! We couldn't do it without your help.
Handicap International Logistics Office, Elie Codjia, explains why he wanted to work in the humanitarian sector and what he's doing in Haiti. Read more.
HI BLOG: Haiti Update: Delivering aid by sea
HI BLOG: Haiti Update: Stranded in Les Cayes
[11am] Air cargo of humanitarian equipment is en route to Port-au-Prince from HI storage facility in Dubai–ETA: Wednesday night
HI BLOG: Haiti Update: “We’ve lost our home, our crops, everything”
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JOSIE PIERRE, 22, RAVINE, CHARLES, IN THE COMMUNE OF JÉRÉMIE
“Everyone around here has lost everything. The house where I used to live with my mother and two nephews has been destroyed. The corrugated roof was torn off and the walls collapsed. My uncle’s house and my cousin’s house were both destroyed by the hurricane. As far as I know, all of the houses around here were destroyed in the hurricane. Only four homes are still standing.
"We lost all of our cattle. All of our cows, pigs, goats and poultry. I don’t know how we are going to survive now that we have nothing left. I’ve never experienced a disaster like this. We are trying to recover the corrugated sheets and debris from houses to build shelters where we can spend the night.” Read more here.
MOISE CLAREL, 77, PORT-SALUT, HAITI
“A strong wind was blowing here from 6 o’clock on Monday night. My house collapsed in the middle of the following night after the corrugated roof was torn off and water rushed into the house. I wanted to take refuge with one of my sons, but his house was destroyed too. When day broke, I realized that all of the houses in the area had been flattened. We’re eating the fruit we managed to save but in a few days we won’t have anything else to eat. And our cattle have been wiped out by the hurricane. Today we’re having to drink the river water because it’s cleaner than the well water.” Read more here.
[9am]–Al Jazeera says at least 13 people have died in Haiti after a cholera outbreak.
Thanks Care2, for including Handicap International in your "How to Help Hurricane Matthew Victims" story.
[8am]–BBC says Haiti death toll is nearing 900 and 90% of some areas are completely destroyed.
[7am]—Images from Handicap International teams show Haiti battered post-Hurricane Matthew. More images here.
[5pm]—BBC has shared shocking before and after photos from Jeremie, Haiti. (below)
Haiti program director Gaelle Vandeputte talks with Luke Vargas at The World in Two. “Our worry is that this is going to make the most vulnerable people even more vulnerable over the long term,” she said.
[1pm] Hurricane Matthew death toll mounts; 350,000 Haitians need immediate assistance. Read more here.
[4:30pm] Handicap International emergency response team briefs on the situation in Haiti. A team of eight prepares to join the rest of the team in Haiti tomorrow. Once they arrive, they will facilitate access to areas most affected by the storm.
[2:45pm] Our team in Haiti will be bolstered by emergency logistics experts from headquarters later this week. Initial actions will include:
- early rehabilitation support to people with storm-related injuries, and people with disabilities
- essential needs support (shelter, basic items)
- specific needs support (for people who have lost their mobility devices, for instance)
- psychological support
Facts about our work in Haiti
- 100-person team, plus emergency logistics experts
- Provided immediate, and long-term response to Haiti's 2010 earthquake
- Responded to hurricanes Isaac and Sandy in 2012
- Launched Haiti operations in 2008