*Update October 11, 2016 — To date, PADF has delivered emergency food kits and water purification tablets to 5,000 people in Cavaillon, Saint Louis and Maniche. Deliveries are en route for Saint Jean du Sud and Chantal.
Washington, DC (October 5, 2016) — The Pan American Development Foundation is distributing emergency relief supplies to at least 50,000 people affected by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, particularly in Southern Haiti.
PADF and partners including Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will provide urgently needed supplies to families affected by the storm including:
- SAFE DRINKING WATER (CHLORINE OR PURIFICATION TABLETS)
- ADEQUATE LATRINES
- HAND-WASHING STATIONS
- HYGIENE KITS
- WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS
- COLLAPSIBLE WATER STORAGE CONTAINERS
- HEALTH AND SANITATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS TO PREVENT DISEASE
- EMERGENCY SHELTER TOOLKITS
“This hurricane is extremely powerful and has caused widespread damage,” says Nadia Cherrouk, Country Director of PADF Haiti. “Our staff is working to deliver urgently-needed supplies to people in isolated, coastal areas. Time is of the essence.”
As many as 1.4 million Haitians need
humanitarian assistance after the devastating Category 4 storm, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). PADF will focus immediate relief efforts in the communities of Aquin, Saint Louis du Sud, Cavaillon, Cayes, Torbeck, Camp-Perrin, Maniche and Jérémie.
Some areas in southern Haiti and southwestern Dominican Republic received up to 40 inches of rain in less than 48 hours. Storm surges and hurricane-force winds caused extensive property damage, flash floods and thousands are living without clean water. Most of the region's crops have been destroyed.
Thousands of people need emergency relief supplies and access to clean water and sanitation in order to prevent the outbreak of bacterial diseases like cholera and water-borne illnesses. Logistics support, including transportation and the clearing of roadways, will also be an urgent priority. PADF is conducting a needs assessment to inform both the emergency response for immediate priority needs and plans for medium- to long-term recovery.
The provision of relief supplies to Haiti is part of a first response phase. The Foundation plans to collaborate with its local partners and an extensive regional network that includes grassroots and community-based organizations in the affected areas.
“We’re looking to meet the most pressing needs of those affected by the hurricane,” says Liza Mantilla, Director of Disaster Management. We will collaborate with our partners to plan a comprehensive response and recovery. Haiti will need our support long after the rain has stopped.”
PADF has been working in Haiti for more than 35 years. As the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), PADF responds to the region's major natural disasters and humanitarian crises throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Learn more at www.padf.org/Help-Haiti-Now