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Plan International to assist 20,000 families after Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, leaving a trail of destruction behind it. Plan International staff is on the ground, and will be assisting up to 20,000 families affected by this disaster.

A Category 4 hurricane, Hurricane Matthew is the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in almost a decade, and it has caused widespread devastation in the country’s south-west leaving thousands displaced – including children. According to Haiti’s Directorate of Civil Protection, 350,000 people are in need of assistance.

With programs already in place in southwestern Haiti, Plan International has set aside an initial response fund focusing on non-food items, water, sanitation and hygiene, and child protection.

“Children are among the most vulnerable during disaster situations and our main efforts will be to ensure their wellbeing and protection,” said Marie Therese Frederique Jean Pierre, Plan International’s Country Director in Haiti.

“The collapse of a bridge connecting capital Port-au-Prince to the affected south-western areas has made relief assessment and response even harder. The real scale of the disaster will only emerge in due course. We are in touch with our teams on the ground and are mobilising resources to support the affected families.” 

Hygiene kits, mattresses, blankets and other essential non-food items are among the supplies Plan International has stocked to support affected families. Additional supplies are on standby in neighbouring Dominican Republic, where Plan International also has operations.

Plan International has been working in Haiti since 1973 to support Haitian authorities’ efforts to ensure all children and youth – girls and boys – can fully enjoy their fundamental rights. Our work has centred on healthcare, education, youth economic security, gender equality, child participation and inclusion. Additionally, Plan International has been supporting thousands of people still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake.

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