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