While HELP staff, students and infrastructure were spared as Hurricane Matthew veered westward before it hit Haiti on Tuesday, many of you have by now seen pictures of the devastation that the storm brought to southwestern Haiti. We have several students and staff from that area and at least one staff member’s family home was destroyed.
HELP students are mobilizing to provide relief to the communities in the South. Jeremie native Nepthaly PIERRE-LOUIS (HELP class of ’17) will be bringing food and other supplies to the Grand’Anse tomorrow with The Association of University Students of the Grand’Anse. HELP has donated $500 to this effort and HELP staff have raised an additional $100. Other students will be heading to their hometowns in the south and southwest. Please follow our Facebook page for updates.
If you are interested in supporting grassroots hurricane efforts like this, please consider donating. Please note “hurricane relief” with the donation and we will put it towards the efforts our students are leading.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of other organizations we can recommend, with a history and presence in the areas hardest hit.
Aquin : La Fondation Aquin Solidarité (https://www.gofundme.com/aqu
Les Cayes: Hope For Haiti http://hopeforhaiti.com/
Jeremie/Abricots: Paradis des Indiens through their US affiliate: http://www.friendsofpdi.org/
Camp Perrin: Project St Anne. http://www.projectstanne.org/
Thank you for keeping Haiti and Haitians in your thoughts and prayers.