25,000 Hurricane Victims Benefit from PADF Food Distribution
Throughout December, PADF distributed over 3,800,000 HTG worth of fortified food to victims of Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. The distribution, which took place in the South-east of Haiti, benefited over 25,000 persons and over 5,000 families.
Haiti’s Minister of Agriculture, Thomas Jacques, praised the distribution. “After the hurricanes, the Government of Haiti called upon its partners for help, and PADF responded.” The Minister, who partnered with PADF for the distribution, went on to point out how the donation “showed the synergy that can develop between the Government and NGOs to assure that the most vulnerable are cared for.”
The Minister’s sentiment was echoed by Nadia Cherrouk, PADF’s Country Director in Haiti, who emphasized how “proud PADF was to work with the Ministry to make sure support reached the most vulnerable segments of the population.” The food distribution came on the heels of PADF’s emergency housing support initiative, which occurred after Hurricane Isaac and allowed villagers to reinforce their homes to withstand harsh weather conditions.
Along with the Ministry of Agriculture, the distribution was done with the collaboration of Government’s Social Welfare Fund (FAES), local and regional government officials, and the NGO Food for the Poor. Beneficiaries were chosen from Marigot, Bainet, Jacmel, La Valee de Jacmel, and Cotes-de-Fer by the Haitian Government on the basis of those who were left most vulnerable following the storms.
“This food will be a lifeline for us,” explained Marie Point Du Jour, an elderly resident of Bainet. “We lost so much in the storm, this will help us get back on our feet.”