Haiti hurricane: CARE distributes emergency aid
CARE is working to provide people in the hardest-hit south-west with emergency aid, particularly in the remote Grand Anse region. To date, CARE has delivered 12,000 hot meals, 500 hygiene kits, 2,500 plastic tarps for temporary shelter and 6,000 water purification tablets. As roads to the south-west open up, CARE will distribute other supplies such as blankets and mattresses. Water purification tablets and hygiene kits remain particularly urgent as the threat of cholera grows.
CARE aims to help up to 50,000 affected Haitians with food, clean water and other supplies. In total, 1.1 million people in Haiti have been affected; 350,000 of them are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Watch this slideshow of photos from CARE's emergency distributions and of the devastation in Jeremie, the capital city of the Grand Anse department in Southern Haiti. Photos by Carey Wagner (aid distribution) and Miguel Saintine (hurricane damage).
Jean-Michel Vigreux, CARE’s country director in Haiti, said:
Access remains a challenge as big aid trucks have difficulties on roads that are littered with tree trunks and other debris. But everyone works hand-in-hand to overcome those challenges — and that underscores the resilience and solidarity of the Haitian people. More than 60 years of work in Haiti have shown us that, with the right support, Haitians can and will build back stronger — as families, communities and a nation.
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