Convoy of Hope Responds to Hurricane Matthew
October 18, 2016 | 3:45 p.m.
More than a week after Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti, the need for food and clean water is still a major concern. Access to communities and villages that were hardest hit remain blocked.
We received a transportation and logistics donation from BNSF Railway to get 45 containers of product to Haiti through our partnership with Mission of Hope. Our Supply Chain team worked tirelessly to coordinate with several shipping and transportation entities to get the containers out in 36 hours.
Thanks to our partners, nearly 12 million meals were loaded and shipped to children and families in need. Our in-country partners are now looking to transition into recovery mode to help get people back on their feet. Convoy of Hope will continue to work with partners until communities receive the hope they need following the hurricane.
October 14, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.
Our response continues in Haiti and the U.S. following Hurricane Matthew as we provide hope to families in need. We have distributed nearly 2 million meals in Haiti and have sent more than 14 million more from our World Distribution Center to arrive in the coming days.
We have also served more than 13,000 people in the U.S. covering all four states that were affected by the storm: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. More than a dozen truckloads have been delivered to the affected areas so far.
October 11, 2016 | 4:30 p.m.
LES CAYES, HAITI — According to the United Nations, an estimated 1.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. The death toll has risen to more than 1,000 people. In Les Cayes, it is estimated that more than 90 percent of the buildings were destroyed or highly damaged.
Cholera is also a major concern as natural water sources have been contaminated by stormwater and sewage overflow. Convoy of Hope will continue to do what we can to assist children and families in need as they recover from the storm.
October 11, 2016 | 10:45 a.m.
LUMBERTON, NC — Our Disaster Services team arrived in Haiti yesterday to join the ongoing work of in-country staff and partners. Distributions will continue to some of the country’s hardest hit areas this week. More than 3 million meals have been shipped to Haiti from our World Distribution Center.
Disaster Services has delivered food, water, cleaning supplies, and hygiene kits in Lumberton, North Carolina for distributions today. A load of supplies is en route to New Bern, North Carolina and multiple loads to the state through various partners. More than 61,000 pounds of supplies have been delivered to communities in the U.S. reeling from Hurricane Matthew. We will continue to work with local partners in the coming days to provide hope to families in need.
October 9, 2016 | 12 p.m.
Our response to Hurricane Matthew continues in Haiti and the U.S. as the death toll rises and flooding continues. More than 1 million meals have been distributed in Haiti and we have shipped more than 150,000 pounds of emergency relief supplies from our World Distribution Center that will arrive in the coming days.
Our team that was pre-positioned in Florida prior to Hurricane Matthew worked with local partners in the area immediately after the storm passed to distribute food, water, and supplies to affected residents. We are also working with partners in South Carolina to distribute supplies to families in need.
October 7, 2016 | 7 p.m.
As the death toll in Haiti rises to more than 800, we are praying for those who have lost loved ones. We will continue to bring help and hope to survivors of the storm.
October 6, 2016 | 11 a.m.
As Haiti reels from the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, our team on the ground continues to work with local partners to distribute supplies to children and families in need. Because we pre-positioned supplies, we began distributions immediately after the storm. We have an international response team en route to Haiti to join our Haitian staff to best meet the needs of storm survivors.
Hurricane Matthew also tore through Cuba, leaving mass destruction. We are working with partners on the ground to see what assistance they will need in the coming days. A response team deploys later today for Florida to pre-position supplies as the Eastern seaboard braces for impact.
They will take a load of food, water, and hygiene kits that can be distributed as needed. As always, our goal is to be among the first on the scene to help survivors quickly and efficiently. Similar to our responses for Katrina and Sandy, pre-positioning our teams and supplies enables us to do just that.
October 5, 2016 | 10 a.m.
LES CAYES, HAITI — Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti on Tuesday with 145 mph winds, heavy rain, and storm surge. The Category 4 storm hit Haiti — the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere — causing widespread damage with the southern port city of Les Cayes taking the brunt of the impact.
Among the 10 million people living in Haiti, some 60,000 still live in makeshift camps following the devastating earthquake in 2010. Many homes in Matthew’s path were severely damaged, making shelter a main concern. An estimated 350,000 people have been affected.
Downed trees, flooding, and winds caused limited access into some of the hardest-hit areas. However, with the supplies Convoy of Hope pre-positioned before Matthew made landfall, storm survivors will receive much-needed help and hope. We have in-country staff working with local partners and multiple containers scheduled to deploy to the affected areas.
As one of Convoy of Hope’s focus countries, our main priority is working with the children and families we serve to ensure their safety and needs are met in the coming days.
October 4, 2016 | 9 a.m.
Convoy of Hope has worked in Haiti since 2007 when we began feeding children there. Today, the nation is in peril as Hurricane Matthew — a Category 4 storm — hit the western side of the country. Our objective is to protect and care for the children in our programs and provide supplies to those who are affected by Matthew.
In anticipation of the hurricane, we have been working with our in-country staff and partners to pre-position supplies across the country that will be available for immediate distribution following the storm. It is only because of your faithful giving that we can respond swiftly during times of need.