Distribution of hope for haiti survival buckets 

In the Aftermath of Hurricane Tomas, Hope for Haiti Responds Quickly to Communities in Need.

Distribution of Hope for Haiti Survival Buckets
Distribution of Hope
for Haiti Survival Buckets

November 7, 2010

In the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas, Hope for Haiti has mobilized its resources to address the needs of those affected by the storm. Partnering with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Hope for Haiti secured humanitarian aid in the form of kitchen and hygiene kits, tarps, blankets, water purification supplies, mosquito nets, and Hope for Haiti’s own Survival Buckets. By utilizing our vast network of program partners in the Southern Department, Hope for Haiti was able to quickly perform needs assessments in storm-affected areas.

In addition, Hope for Haiti continues to attend coordination meetings hosted by the Ministry of Planning and Coordination (MPCE) of the Southern Department and attended by local and international NGOs, including: IOM, FAO, CRS, Caritas, MINUSTAH, UN Civil Affairs, UNICEF and OCHA. The organizations present at the meetings divided into teams and took responsibility for specific areas to conduct needs assessments. On November 4th, field staff from Hope for Haiti, the MINUSTAH Human Rights Office, the UN Office of Civil Affairs, FAO, and IOM traveled to the communities of Aquin, Cavaillon, and Boileau to evaluate Tomas’ effects first-hand and meet with the town Mayors about the level of destruction and the capacity of shelters in each location.

As the storm subsided on November 5th, Hope for Haiti was able to send much needed humanitarian aid to Aquin, an area that had sustained substantial flooding and wind damage during the hurricane. On November 6th, Hope for Haiti also addressed needs in Cavaillon by delivering Survival Buckets, blankets, hygiene kits, tarps, water purification supplies, and kitchen kits to the Sisters of Notre Dame du Bon Secours for distribution to families in need. Communication with our program partners is comprehensive and ongoing, and over the next few days we will be distributing humanitarian aid to the communities of St. Hélène, La Savane, Brodequin, Morency, Tête Source, Ravine Sable, and Torbeck. In collaboration with our key partner, IOM, and our local program partners, Hope for Haiti has been able to respond quickly and effectively to the destruction of Hurricane Tomas. We sincerely thank everyone for their ongoing support!

Flooding in Aquin.
Flooding in Aquin.
Housing under water.
Housing under water.
Strong Winds and Flash Flooding.
Strong Winds and Flash Flooding.
It is expected that tomas will cause heavy flash flooding like that shown above from 2008. 

Hope for Haiti Prepares for Heavy Rains while continuing to focus on Public Health Education

It is expected that Tomas will cause heavy flash flooding like that shown above from 2008.
It is expected that Tomas will cause heavy flash flooding like that shown above from 2008.

November 4, 2010

Having responded to the devastating hurricanes (Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike) in 2008 which caused deadly flood conditions in Les Cayes, Hope for Haiti has been working throughout the week to prepare for Hurricane Tomas, knowing first hand how vulnerable Haiti is to heavy rain conditions. Hope for Haiti has mobilized emergency relief supplies, prepared for flooding conditions, and is coordinating with other private and public partners in the South to plan for an effective response after the storm. Hope for Haiti will be watching Storm Tomas very closely over the next 36 hours, while our team continues to work around the clock to prepare for expected flash flooding conditions.

The Hope for Haiti Public Health Team Educates Volunteers on How to better Protect their Communities

Hope for Haiti’s Public Health Nurses met with local community members from 12 of Hope for Haiti’s supported school locations, who are being trained as Hope for Haiti CHW’s (Community Health Workers). These dedicated men and women are volunteers who want to bring better health to their communities by being trained in public health education. Today, Hope for Haiti Public Nurses focused on training the CHW’s in Cholera prevention and storm safety precautions – critical and timely information that these volunteers will help disseminate throughout their communities.

Country Director, Mike Stewart & Healthcare Director, Dr. Steve Victor transport supplies in the heavy rain.
Country Director, Mike Stewart & Healthcare Director,
Dr. Steve Victor transport supplies in the heavy rain.
Water Treatment & Cholera Prevention Training
Water Treatment & Cholera Prevention Training
Hope for Haiti Public Health Nurses Train Community Health Workers.
Hope for Haiti Public Health Nurses Train Community
Health Workers.
Cholera prevention kits 

In the midst of a Cholera Response, Hope for Haiti is bracing itself for Hurricane Tomas

November 1, 2010

Set to touch land at the end of this week, Hurricane Tomas is heading directly for Les Cayes, Haiti. The country is on a national alert for not only a spreading Cholera Outbreak, but now for a cyclone expected to bring high winds, heavy rains, and high tides, specifically in the South. Hope for Haiti is working on hurricane preparedness while also acting to educate and prevent Cholera in southern Haiti. Hope for Haiti’s medical team and staff are working to spread education about Cholera and the keys to prevention throughout 40 schools and 60 healthcare sites. Volunteers are assembling Cholera prevention kits with soap, rehydration salts, water purification tablets, and health educational resources in Kreyol explaining the illness, ways of prevention, and the need for immediate treatment if symptoms begin.

To prepare for the Hurricane Tomas, Hope for Haiti has 2,000 survival buckets assembled and is placing them in locations where they can be quickly distributed. We are also fortifying the Hope for Haiti Infirmary in Les Cayes with sand bags, emergency supplies, food, water, fuel, and medications. The country is sadly fighting three separate emergency fronts simultaneously – post-earthquake recovery, Cholera, and now hurricane preparedness. Thankfully, Hope for Haiti is in a position to offer help in terms of human and material resources, but collaboration between private and public partners is critical to provide the level of response that is needed. Donations and prayers at this time are greatly appreciated.

Cholera Prevention Kits
Cholera Prevention Kits
Patients lined at Hope for Haiti Infirmary
Patients lined at Hope for Haiti Infirmary
Survival Bucket
Survival Bucket