Hurricane Matthew Relief in Haiti
When Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on the 4th of October it took hundreds of lives, and destroyed homes and livelihoods. Survivors were left without the basic necessities and in desperate need of assistance.
Twenty-four hours before the hurricane hit, Scouts d’Haiti had activated its emergency cells across the country. In Jérémie, one of the worst affected parts of the country, the Scout Department Commissioner, Louis Marchel Chancy reported that local Scouts had gone to the aid of their communities immediately after the worst was over.
They were providing first aid, facilitating access to clean drinking water, and helping to clear the rubble. A special unit of Scouts d’Haiti, specifically trained in operating satellite communication gear, was deployed by a UN helicopter to this part of the country where they facilitate the work by the civil services’ Centre for Emergency Response on department and national level. Since 2010, Scouts d’Haiti has been the only organisation capable of delivering this kind of services, thanks to its partnership with Telecom Sans Frontières.
To find out more about the relief and recovery efforts of Scouts d’Haiti and to donate, please visit www.scout.org/scoutaidhaiti page.