Hurricane Matthew has brought destruction to Haiti. An international humanitarian crisis is underway and the Quixote Center is re-directing all available resources to the effort. Make a contribution here. Whether $5 or $500, each gift will make a difference for our Haitian friends.
We have been in contact with our local partners (The Peasant Movement of Gros-Morne and the sisters of the Religious of Jesus and Mary) over the past several days to determine our best response. Right now we are focused on two objectives:
1. Immediate relief aid to isolated communities and projects in the south
We are focusing resources on small villages where we have a direct connection and where the large aid organizations have yet to connect in a meaningful way. Our first priority is to stabilize the community of Baraderes, where Sister Jacqueline of the Religious of Jesus and Mary operates a school. From what we understand, the community was almost completely wiped out. Some small sacks of rice have been flown in via helicopter, but the community has no way to coordinate the distribution of additional aid. There are reports of bandits waiting for aid trucks along the known routes, and Sister Jacqueline fears that a large aid shipment now would become a source of violence. We’ve allocated funds for emergency repairs to the school building and grounds with the hope that this can become a safe storage and distribution point for aid as it is received.
2. Medium term food security
The storm has wiped out crops and livestock in the south and in the far northwest raising fears of a famine. Our partners at the Peasant Movement of Gros-Morne are organizing their farmer members for additional emergency planting of crops for food and for seed. This additional planting would provide food and seed to be distributed directly to the affected areas within six months, and will be a buffer against shortages as international aid is reduced and the large organizations turn to the next disaster zone. The Quixote Center will serve as a buyer for the crops and seeds and provide for transportation and distribution costs.