Life in Camp Perrin After Hurricane Matthew

Joseph St. Fort lost everything when Hurricane Matthew ripped through the town of Camp Perrin, southwest Haiti. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

Camp Perrin, Haiti

Joseph St. Fort, 64, has weathered many storms. Hurricane Cleo in 1964, was particularly bad. But nothing like this. Hurricane Matthew has been the worst, he says.  

"We’ve lost everything, but thank God we are still alive."

His home was destroyed after a tree fell on top of it during Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in southwest Haiti last week.

There has been no tap water since the hurricane. The water that Joseph and his neighbors are drinking is contaminated and causes diarrhea.

Adrienne Pierre (left) has been drinking contaminated water since Hurricane Matthew struck. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

Adrienne Pierre (left) has been drinking contaminated water since Hurricane Matthew struck. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

"We need the water to be treated," says Adrienne Pierre, a mother of five who rented a room from Joseph. "It has been contaminated by dead leaves and microbes."

They haven't received food aid yet, Joseph says. And getting back on their feet will be tough, as all the livestock was swept away.

"We’ve lost everything. Goats, sheep, even our chicken."

Children stand listlessly around their mothers. They aren't able to go to school. 

Joseph St. Fort and his neighbors in Camp Perrin, Haiti. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

Joseph St. Fort and his neighbors in Camp Perrin, Haiti. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

"All their books are wet," says a neighbor woman. "Everything is wet—shoes, uniforms. They are not going to school."

Many communities are still drying out after Hurricane Matthew brought high winds, extensive flooding and as much as 40 inches of rain. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

Many communities are still drying out after Hurricane Matthew brought high winds, extensive flooding and as much as 40 inches of rain. (Jeanty Junior Augustin)

So far, PADF has visited 12 towns in southwest Haiti to assess damage. Five of those towns have received deliveries of emergency supplies including clean water and food kits. Stay tuned for
further updates from our #HelpHaitiNow campaign.