Haiti hurricane: CARE distributes emergency aid

CARE distributed 200 hygiene kits and 400 tarps for temporary shelter in Beaumont, Haiti on 10 October 2016

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.

A woman sitting in a temporary shelter
Charitez, a widow with three children, lost her home in the hurricane and has been forced to move back into a temporary shelter she lived in after the earthquake of 2010.
A family after the hurricane
Jean-Marcelin, Lonese and Carline survived the storm but lost all of their livestock and their plantain crops. Jean-Marcelin, a father of five, will start over but thinks he might not have the finances to send his children to school despite having paid the entrance fees. Yet he repeats the Haitian proverb, ‘Life is worth more than assets’.
An old woman with buckets containing hygiene kits
Elina has been in an evacuation shelter at a school in Carrefour since Monday. Sea-levels are still high and she has fallen ill awaiting to return home. She is pictured with buckets containing hygiene items including soap, shampoo and toothpaste, which CARE is distributing to help prevent waterborne diseases.

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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