News

Haiti Relief: Three ways you can help

Haiti Relief: Three ways you can help

Nearly a month after Hurricane Matthew, conditions in Haiti remain extremely alarming. 2.1 million people have been affected and almost 13% of the country’s population still needs immediate assistance. “We are working to supply immediate aid to survivors who have lost everything. Casualty numbers are high,” said Hélène Robin, head of Handicap...

Read more Share

Haiti Update: Delivering aid by sea

“It is still very difficult to access people affected by the hurricane,” explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency operations. “The major roads are almost impassable for lorries transporting humanitarian aid and there have been no large-scale food distributions yet. There’s nothing left to eat, the crops have been...

Read more Share

Haiti Update: Stranded in Les Cayes

Following the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the uniformed students have deserted their desks at the Philippe Guerrier High School, located in the center of Les Cayes, the largest city in southwest Haiti. Dozens of families from surrounding neighborhoods have taken refuge in the local school, trying to make the most...

Read more Share

Protection from natural disasters

Hurricane Matthew’s passage through the Caribbean last week demonstrates the importance of preparing people–in particular, those who are isolated–for natural disasters. The goal is to limit the loss of life and the long-term consequences.  How do we help villagers facing floods or droughts? How do we put contingency plans into...

Read more Share

Haiti Update: Handicap International mobilizes team

“The main road between Port-au-Prince and Jérémie, the biggest city in the southwest of Haiti remains impassable for vehicles,” explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency operations. “We are going to organize the transport of humanitarian aid by local carriers with boats. This will enable humanitarian organizations working in...

Read more Share

Haiti Update: “We’ve lost our home, our crops, everything”

Fonfrède, a rural neighborhood in the city of Les Cayes; strung along the valley of La Ravine du Sud–the region’s main river–was one of the areas most affected by Hurricane Matthew. The landscape still bears the scars of the disaster. Uprooted trees, flooded crops, and roofless homes bear witness to...

Read more Share

Haiti Update: “The entire city has been destroyed”

Haiti’s capital, Jérémie, part of the Grand’Anse region, is one of the cities most affected by Hurricane Matthew. Romel, a young man in his thirties, described the conditions in his city. “I live in Caracolie, a neighborhood of Jérémie. When you climb the hills around the city, you can see...

Read more Share

Haiti Update: 1.4 million need immediate aid

Nearly a week after Hurricane Matthew, with the death toll rising above 1,000, conditions in Haiti remain extremely alarming. 2.1 million people have been affected in the regions of Grand’Anse, Sud, Nippes, Sud-Est, Artibonite, and Nord-ouest and almost 13% of the country’s population still needs immediate assistance, according to the...

Read more Share

Haiti update: “In a few days, we won’t have anything else to eat”

Haiti update: “In a few days, we won’t have anything else to eat”

When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Oct. 4, it devastated part of the country and destroyed thousands of homes. The United Nations estimates that more than 2.1 million people have been affected, of whom 1.4 million need immediate help. For these families, who were already living in extreme...

Read more Share

Haiti Update: More than 750,000 need immediate aid

As the death toll in Haiti soars to more than 800 following Hurricane Matthew, humanitarian organizations including Handicap International face a race against the clock. Rising casualty numbers threaten to overwhelm the few health centers and hospitals not hit by the disaster. Large sections of the population are also at...

Read more Share