Hurricane Matthew Haiti - October 2016
Save the Children Canada
Hurricane Matthew - Haiti
Humanitarian assistance provided:
Provide safe and protective environments
Hurricane Matthew sweeps through Haiti
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti, killing more than 800 people and leaving thousands displaced and living in temporary shelters. The category 4-strength storm, with winds gusting to 230 km/h, heavy rain and flooding, caused massive damage to infrastructure, homes and crops in many communities, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases. The country was still vulnerable to disasters, not having fully recovered from the 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic.
More than 2.1 million people (600,000 of them children) have been affected by this hurricane, with 1.4 million in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. While many displaced people found shelter in surviving houses, the majority of the most vulnerable residents have been forced to sleep in the open or in temporary emergency shelters, which can expose people – particularly women and girls - to higher levels of gender-based violence.
Proposed Humanitarian Response
Save lives and protect vulnerable populations, in particular children, while also addressing the specific needs of boys and girls.
Distribution of Funds
Global Affairs Canada $281,250
Humanitarian Coalition $37,500
Save the Children Canada $56,250