Recent hurricanes bash Haiti’s Central Plateau
By Jennifer Browning
Hurricanes Faye, Gustav and Hanna have ravaged many of the areas Project Medishare serves in Haiti’s Central Plateau. Project Medishare and its staff have been personally affected by these storms and after spending the past days providing for their own families they have been able to sen the update regarding the community Project Medishare serves.
In Hinche, 45 minutes from Thomonde, damage and despair looms. The Ministry of Health reported the government hospital and local schools have been turned into a shelters for thousands of families who have been flooded out of their homes. Among these families includes two Project Medishare employees in Marmont who live in Hinche. They have lost their homes and possessions.
Ministry of Health representative Dr. Raul Raphael is requesting funds to purchase supplies for those seeking shelter in Hinche. The shelter is in need of tarps, sheets, blankets, food, cooking pots as well as cooking utensils are needed. There is also a great need for towels, bottled water, buckets, personal hygiene kids, medicine, medical supplies and beds.
Other areas Project Medishare serves have also been affected from the fierce wind and rain. Many roads are difficult to travel and many rivers which cross the roads are impassable. Schools were prevented from opening last week due to the damages created from the storm. All of the schools in Project Medishare’s school health program have suffered roof damage. Minor flooding has also damaged the schools as well as in the latrines causing concern for contamination .
Project Medishare’s office in Thomonde suffered from flooding and also lost a generator during the storm.
Project Medishare is asking, during this time of tremendous suffering, to join them as they provide additional services and support in the wake of this unforeseen, and certainly unbudgeted, disaster.
The Green Family Foundation has contributed a start-up relief gift to aid the people of Haiti’s Central Plateau. Please join Project Medishare, the Green Family Foundation and the Global Institute at the University of Miami in helping the many Haitian families battered by the recent hurricanes.
Please consider making a gift to Project Medishare’s work in Haiti’s Central Plateau today so that a quick response may be made during this time of crisis allowing Project Medishare to continue supporting the communities of Marmont, Thomonde, and Hinche. Click here to make your online donation of $25, $50, $100 or more.