6 Ways To Help After Hurricane Matthew
Last Thursday, thanks to the kindness of a local taxi driver we were able to get my 85 year old grandmother evacuated to a nearby shelter only hours before Hurricane Matthew came to shore. She lives only a few blocks from the beach and at the time was bracing for a direct hit. In the end her home was spared, and she was able to return late the next day after receiving meals and a safe place to weather the storm. It really put into perspective for me just how amazing the organizations and individuals are who provide services during these emergency situations who then stay to rebuild long after the storm has passed.
My heart is just breaking when I see the destruction that this storm has caused for those in our country and especially for those living in Haiti. I've been reading about the spread of Cholera and the absolute devastation that the people of Haiti are currently facing and I've been looking for ways that our family can help, even if it's just making a much needed financial donation. For those of you who also want to help, here are six ways that we can help those who have been affected by Matthew. If any of you know of any other organizations that are in need of donations, please feel free to share in the comments. Xx
- Contribute to OCHA's Flash Appeal. Yesterday, the humanitarian community launched a Flash Appeal requesting US$119,850,000 to respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs of 750,000 people seriously affected by Hurricane Matthew for the next three months. This request is in addition to the 2016 Haiti Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) launched early this year. The appeal targets vulnerable groups in identified priority sectors, and it takes into account the national-level capacities and those of humanitarian partners on the ground. Over the next week, partners will develop individual projects in support of sector activities and financial requirements identified in this appeal, adapting the response to the most up-to-date assessment results.
- Donate to All Hands. Volunteers now have response teams working their way to the people living in the wake of the storm in Haiti. Volunteer teams will focus first on clearing debris, opening roads and building temporary shelters.
- Support Red Cross Shelters. To contribute to the Hurricane Matthew relief effort, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Give Aid to Food for the Poor. Food for the poor is a Florida-based charity with a mission to provide food to those in need, especially after a disaster. It says it plans to send 30 containers of relief materials including rice and canned meats to Haiti over the next two weeks. 95% percent of donations go to those who are in need.
- Support UNICEF. UNICEF’s mission is to support children, particularly. UNICEF also has a program that can help you host your own fundraiser to support Haiti’s youth in the coming weeks. The organization is collecting funds for water purification tablets and plastic sheeting. You can donate here.
- Donate to Oxfam. Oxfam is emphasizing hygiene kits and water purification tables, as well as working to repair or install water tanks. You can donate here.