Recovering from Hurricane Matthew
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Recovering from Hurricane Matthew

Much of Haiti is still in critical condition after Hurricane Matthew. In Leogane, where GOALS works, crops were destroyed and livestock animals and fishing boats washed away in coastal areas. Many houses were damaged and some destroyed. But despite these losses, GOALS communities and programs are slowly on the way to recovery. 

After our last update, and thanks to your support via our Hurricane Matthew Relief FundGOALS hired a boat to bring immediate relief to our communities which were completely cut off for days as access roads turned into rushing rivers. (See photos here.)  

After this emergency phase, our focus turned to cleaning up our fields and communities and getting children back to school and soccer practice as quickly as possible. Again, thanks to your support, GOALS was able to help our children affected by the hurricane by replacing lost books, uniforms and school supplies so they could return to school.  ;

Thank you for helping us make it happen!
Pictured above: Jean Louis, 19, helps unload the emergency supply of food from our boat.

Ready for our biggest and best news yet? We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Building Goodness Foundation to replace the tarp, tent, and wooden houses which were damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Matthew. Many people were simply unable to rebuild after the 2010 earthquake, and are still living in tarp or tent structures, now in tatters post-hurricane. But not for much longer!

These are families which were forgotten by larger aid groups after the earthquake of 2010, and GOALS refuses to let them be forgotten again after Hurricane Matthew. While we would love to be able to get ALL of our children out of tents and into safe and dignified housing, we are starting with a modest commitment to build a minimum of five houses and, funding dependent, we are optimistic about providing even more. And, of course, we are thrilled about the opportunity to provide job skills training for GOALS youth who will work alongside skilled tradesmen in constructing these houses. 

We've been hard at work making all of this happen!
Read on to see everything Team GOALS has been up to since our last update:

Emergency Relief
Immediately after the storm, two GOALS communities were completely cut off with no land access in or out, so we hired a boat to bring immediate relief supplies to these areas. With two days of solid rain, GOALS prevented an estimated 300 people from experiencing a third and fourth day of hunger while access roads were still impassable. 
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Community Service
It wouldn't be GOALS without youth service! In addition to helping coaches with assessments and helping to clean up their communities (and despite still coping with their own losses!) a group of GOALS teens spent a weekend volunteering to assemble 300 emergency hygiene kits (filled with soap, bleach, toothbrushes, etc.) to distribute to areas in critical need.
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Next: Assessing losses
In the days after the storm, GOALS staff, coaches (and two youth volunteers) met individually with every single one of our children and their families to assess the damages and determine our best response. In addition, we assessed nearly 100 families to determine those with the most vulnerability and need for an emergency housing solution.
Full update
All of our youth were affected by the hurricane and nearly 25% lost their soccer clothes and school supplies when flooding from 48 hours of rain, coastal storm surges and flash flooding from nearby waterways washed everything away. Thanks to your support, GOALS provided new school uniforms, backpacks, school books and materials and for those in need.
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Cleaning up our soccer fields and communities
Post-disaster, getting back to normal is a critical step in individual and community healing. GOALS pitched in to provide tools needed for our youth to help remove fallen trees, branches debris from both the soccer fields and around their neighborhoods with a goal of getting our programs running again just as soon as muddy fields would let us!
Full update
Long-term Recovery: Housing and Livelihoods
Our long-term recovery plans are currently underway. With help from our partners, GOALS will construct at least five new homes in an effort to provide safe housing for our children before the next disaster strikes. Our livelihoods recovery plan is still taking shape.

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Click here to support the GOALS 
Hurricane Matthew Recovery Fund

Want to learn more about how GOALS has been affected by and is responding to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti? You can read the update for details about what we did before, during, and after the storm here: Hurricane Matthew: Full update from GOALS, or, read our latest update here: Small steps and BIG plans!, and, of course, if you aren't already, be sure you're following GOALS on Facebook for daily updates and photos from Haiti! 

Click here to support the GOALS 
Hurricane Matthew Recovery Fund

Thank you for continuing to believe in a better future for the youth of Haiti through GOALS! 
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