Homes and Food in Port Salut, Haiti
Organized by: Jacqueline Fabius
In this past week Matthew a category 4 hurricane hit Haiti. The village I lived in for three years Port Salut is about 90% gone by all accounts. All their livestock is gone, as is the little farmland they had. Most houses have been destroyed and vanished. Once again I feel called to action.
I am in touch with my team of people who worked with me, whom I trust blindly, and who all became my friends. 3 of them have lost their houses and belongings entirely, and are currently in a makeshift shelter. 2 others have lost their roofs, and one other person very dear to me I am still trying to locate amidst the chaos. I am quite sure that their house is either gone or severely damaged.
I have decided to invest in the very direct impact of a few people I know personally, which in turn will affect a number of people in their families. One Haitian household often has over 10 people benefiting from one small roof. My well-trained local team, is assessing the situation and getting back to me with concrete details mostly over Whatsapp when they find wifi.
While the UN and other large agencies will address the rebuilding of roads and basic structures, I believe that we are on the verge of a massive food shortage or famine as well, due to the natural devastation that took place. The average person in the village will struggle to feed their family in the coming year, and rebuilding a home that would have originally taken them years to build block by block, will be nearly impossible.
I am starting by putting in $1000 in an effort to raise as much as possible to put in two trusted places: my local hardware store in the village (still standing, stocked and functional), and a very local grocery store (also still standing) owned and run by a sharp old lady who has been there for over 40 years.
I will create accounts of a specific value for a number of individuals (6-10) based on their needs at both of these places and give them the chance to rebuild a home and feed their children and elderly. The spending of the money and its direct impact will be followed and accountable for as meticulously, you will get updates.
The BBC was in my village this weekend and filmed the following segment - the first half is where my village use to be: Port Salut. The young man interviewed saw me everyday, and knows my name. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37588752
If you would like to join me in this effort by contributing, please add your donation to mine. If you feel this fundraiser would encourage others, please pass it on. If we raise a lot of money we can expand the list of people or add a school I know well in the area.