Hurricane MatthewAs many of you know, Hurricane Matthew is beginning to hit Haiti. This storm, the strongest to hit the Caribbean in over a decade, will undoubtedly leave its mark on this country. The hurricane winds will primarily pass over the southern peninsula, but heavy rainfall will affect the entire country, likely causing widespread flooding and mudslides.

It’s important to understand that because of severe deforestation, a few hours of heavy rain can cause major flooding in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew could bring 48 hours of heavy rain. We do not want to underestimate the gravity of this storm.

We have been in regular communication with our Haitian leaders in all of our communities to make sure they are doing everything they can to prepare for the storm. We have plans in place to respond based on the needs after the storm.

Many of you have been asking what you can do to help, so here are two keys ways to support our leaders:

1. PRAY.
2. We know that we will need to respond to immediate needs. If disaster does strike, we want to be ready. You can help us prepare by giving to our relief fund here. Choose “Hurricane Matthew Relief ” from the dropdown menu.

This is when relationship and long-term partnership matters the most.  We are so grateful that you are in this with us and with our leaders, children and communities.  We will continue to update you all and communicate more specifically as the storm passes through.