UPDATE: Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on September 19th, but again skirted past Haiti. Continue to pray for those in Puerto Rico who have lost their lives, their homes, animals and everything they own.
On September 7th Irma passed Haiti. It mercifully spared our location in southern Haiti from another devastating outcome. The storm pummeled northern Hispaniola Thursday evening through Friday morning, but left no appreciable damage, according to reports. Heavy rains add the danger of mudslides and flooding.
Parts of Port-au-Prince, such as Cite Soleil, are already flooded. One of our Transition Kids lives there.
Despite the near-miss, your Espwa team was well-prepared. They secured facilities, prepositioned food and building supplies, and evacuated our children to more secure locations.
Because the Haitian government does not have a widespread organized way of notifying people of danger, our Espwa Youth Outreach team of 17 Transition program (PROJA) volunteers started handing out flyers that described ways to prepare for/survive a hurricane and what to do in its aftermath. We provided an extra food distribution to the local community and to minimum wage employees.
Finally,our staff participated in UN-facilitated cluster meetings with local NGOs to ensure awareness of each others’ capabilities. The Red Cross and other local humanitarian aid services attended these meetings to learn more about the approaching storm and discuss ways to prevent cholera outbreaks in the community.
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