Haiti

Aid for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Two and a half years after Hurricane Matthew made landfall, the food situation in Haiti is still worrisome. It has been worsened by the arrival of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Caritas Switzerland has provided emergency aid and survival assistance and is now supporting the population in restoring their livelihood.

 

Hurricane Matthew, which hit Haiti’s south coast on 4 October 2016, claimed the lives of several hundred people, caused great destruction and left hundreds of thousands without a roof over their head. When Hurricane Irma made landfall in September 2017 and again caused huge damage to agriculture and houses, the country had not yet recovered from Hurricane Matthew.

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still face an acute lack of food. "Matthew" has devastated large agricultural areas, destroyed the crops in the fields and killed numerous animals. Moreover, in the towns of the south which were particularly badly affected, vital drinking water sources were contaminated.

 

Immediately after the hurricane: Emergency aid

Immediately after the hurricane, Caritas Switzerland launched an on-the-spot emergency response programme in the Les Cayes region in the southwest of the country and in the Léogane area (Delatte and Gros Morne) southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince. It provided food aid and cholera prevention; people were given husbandry support to restore agricultural land, and fast-growth sowing seeds and seedlings were handed out. Building materials for house repairs were distributed, schools were restored to a state which enabled classes to be taught again, and cut-off remote areas were made re-accessible. Cash-for-work activities enabled people to buy more materials to rebuild their homes or meet other urgent needs. Particularly hard-hit families received direct financial aid.

Today: Rebuilding and a secure livelihood 

To provide the population with long-term support, and to contribute to sustainable development, in February 2018, after completion of the emergency aid phase, Caritas launched a project focussing on sustainable livelihoods. It benefits 5608 families in the communities of St. Jean, Arniquet and Camp-Perrin. Through its partner organizations Caritas Les Cayes and Ahaames, Caritas Switzerland provides local craftsmen with techniques for constructing cyclone-safe buildings and has materials sent in for the rebuilding of 170 houses. 3411 farmers receive sowing seeds and agricultural equipment from Caritas and are assisted by specialists in agricultural production. In addition, 1200 goats were distributed, with veterinarians accompanying the beneficiaries in the care and rearing of the animals. Diverse cash-for-work activities enable 2264 families to contribute to restoring productivity of agricultural land and repairing irrigation systems, which in turn enables them to earn money for urgently-needed food, additional construction materials or school fees.

 
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
Gerda Milien, 36 mit ihrem Sohn Waldler Rochlen, 8, in ihrem vom Hurrikan zerstörten Haus in Roche-à-Bateau. (c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
Ein Junge in der vom Hurrikan zerstörten Gegend der Stadt Port-Salut, Haiti. (c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
Bernadette Moses in ihrem von Hurrikan Matthew zerstörten Haus. (c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
23. November 2016: Verteilung von Nahrungsmitteln in Arniquet, Region Les Cayes. (c) Caritas Schweiz
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
Die Kirche in Roche-à-Bateau. (c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
Zwei Jungen in Roche-à-Bateau (mit der haitianischen Flagge), die ihr Zuhause verloren haben. (c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
Zerstörung in Roche-à-Bateau. In der Stadt blieb kaum ein Haus verschont. (c) Robyn Fieser/Catholic Relief Services
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
Jonas Abouj, 33, beginnt, aus den Überresten seines Hauses ein neues Zuhause aufzubauen für seine Familie in Carpentier, Haiti. (c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
Nerlande Clairveau und ihre Familie erhalten Nahrungsmittel und Hygieneartikel von Caritas Jérémie und anderen Caritas-Organisationen. (c) Caritas Canada/Kelly Di Domenico
Hilfe für die Opfer des Hurrikans Matthew in Haiti
Chantal Philogène lebt mit ihrer Tochter, ihrer Schwester und ihrer Mutter in einem von Caritas Schweiz erbauten Haus in Léogâne. (c) Marie Arago
Haiti: Hurrikan Matthew Oktober 2016
Idson Cerisier und seine Frau Nadege Casseus leben mit ihren drei Kindern in Léogâne in einem von Caritas Schweiz gebauten Haus. (c) Marie Arago
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Gerda Milien, 36 mit ihrem Sohn Waldler Rochlen, 8, in ihrem vom Hurrikan zerstörten Haus in Roche-à-Bateau.
(c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Ein Junge in der vom Hurrikan zerstörten Gegend der Stadt Port-Salut, Haiti.
(c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Bernadette Moses in ihrem von Hurrikan Matthew zerstörten Haus. 
(c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
23. November 2016: Verteilung von Nahrungsmitteln in Arniquet, Region Les Cayes. 
(c) Caritas Schweiz
Die Kirche in Roche-à-Bateau.
(c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Zwei Jungen in Roche-à-Bateau (mit der haitianischen Flagge), die ihr Zuhause verloren haben.
(c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Zerstörung in Roche-à-Bateau. In der Stadt blieb kaum ein Haus verschont.
(c) Robyn Fieser/Catholic Relief Services
Jonas Abouj, 33, beginnt, aus den Überresten seines Hauses ein neues Zuhause aufzubauen für seine Familie in Carpentier, Haiti.
(c) Marie Arago/Catholic Relief Services
Nerlande Clairveau und ihre Familie erhalten Nahrungsmittel und Hygieneartikel von Caritas Jérémie und anderen Caritas-Organisationen.
(c) Caritas Canada/Kelly Di Domenico
Chantal Philogène lebt mit ihrer Tochter, ihrer Schwester und ihrer Mutter in einem von Caritas Schweiz erbauten Haus in Léogâne.
(c) Marie Arago
Idson Cerisier und seine Frau Nadege Casseus leben mit ihren drei Kindern in Léogâne in einem von Caritas Schweiz gebauten Haus.
(c) Marie Arago
 

Caritas engagement

Caritas Switzerland is supporting those affected with projects worth a total of CHF 3.2 million. With this, it wants to avert the imminent aggravation of the food situation and enable local people to quickly return to a dignified normal life. Swiss Solidarity is supporting this aid.

 
 
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