Haiti remains the poorest country in the western hemisphere, despite consistently ranking among the top aid recipients, according to the United Nations. Frequent natural disasters and political instability make Haiti a challenging context to work within. These challenges have taken their toll on the Haitian people who remain hopeful and determined to change their circumstances despite these obstacles.
When Hurricane Matthew struck on 4 October 2016, the country was still slowly recovering from the 2010 earthquake. The hurricane caused significant human suffering – more than 500 people died and hundreds more were severely injured – as well as brought extensive flooding and mudslides, damage to road infrastructure and buildings, and electricity and water shortages.
WHAT WE DO
Emergency Relief – Medair was on the ground in Haiti within 48 hours of Hurricane Matthew. Teams distributed emergency shelter kits (including tarp and rope), hygiene kits, and water filters to over 2,500 families in Tiburon commune in the remote southwest of Haiti. These immediate supplies helped to protect families from the elements and to prevent disease outbreaks. Others received tool kits for repairing their homes and mosquito nets to protect against malaria. More than 4,000 people were trained in ‘build back better’ construction techniques to help protect themselves better against future disasters.
Reaching Forgotten Communities – We partner with other organisations and agencies to ensure that the needs of people living in remote communities are not forgotten. Focusing specifically on Roche-à-Bateau commune – who have not received outside help since the late 1990s – Medair is working hard to identify and address the needs of hurricane survivors living in this remote area so they too receive the assistance they need to fully recover.
Shelter Support - Medair provides training, materials, and carpenter assistance to devastated communities in Roche-à-Bateau commune as they repair their homes and prepare for the coming cyclone season. We also train carpenters and families in hurricane - and earthquake-resilient building techniques to help them build their houses back stronger so they are more resilient in the future.