A challenging year for the people of Haiti
Hi <<First Name>>,
Welcome to the Christmas 2016 issue of the Haven newsletter! Since our last edition, Haiti has faced unimaginable challenges, bringing significant changes to daily life for its people.
Over the past few months, our work in Haiti has focused on our emergency and recovery response to Hurricane Matthew, which struck in early October. The strongest storm to hit Haiti in over half a century, it devastated the country. The south-west region - where many of our programmes are based – was ravaged in its 230km/h winds and torrential rains, with many communities experiencing several feet of flooding, chronic food shortages and severe water contamination. Damaged roads, collapsed bridges, and the failure of communication networks all made the delivery of aid and resources to these worst-affected areas even more difficult.
Your support, though, made our emergency relief possible. Focusing on preventing the spread of cholera and starvation, and ensuring that people had access to safe shelter, you helped us to distribute 500,000 meals; 60,000 water-purifying tablets; 40,000 sachets of water; 5,000 bottles of water; 1,100 tarpaulins; and 389 Shelterbox kits.
Now, as the state of emergency subsides, we’re moving into recovery mode, and looking to the future again. The people of Haiti embody the resilience, motivation and skills to rebuild their lives in the wake of this major natural disaster, and we are absolutely committed to standing with them.
You have played an incredible part in this journey, and thank you for all of your support throughout the year: we’re looking forward to making a real difference together again in 2017.
The Haven team