New Photos below, just arrived from the town of Belle Anse, on Haiti’s southern coast. Heart to Heart supports community clinics in the area…
Tropical Storm Isaac has moved on from Haiti, but its effects may long be felt.
Fortunately, Isaac did not do great damage to most of the country, however in the South and in the Southeast he did bring near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains. Residents suffered the loss of homes (shelters), their livelihoods in the form of crops, and are now at risk of diseases like cholera rearing their ugly heads once again.
Heart to Heart is uniquely positioned as the lead NGO in the remote and mountainous Southeast District to respond to the needs of residents. And we are doing just that – Responding!
Currently, Heart to Heart is coordinating with in-country partners to deliver relief supplies, in a replay of the supply chain that helped to stem the outbreak of cholera in this same area in 2010/2011. And like then, it is imperative that these supplies reach these remote communities.
“There are no other relief groups in those mountains, we’re it,” said Heart to Heart’s Dir. of Operations in Haiti Josh Jakobitz. “And is always the case with diseases like cholera and natural disasters like Isaac, speed is of the essence. If Heart to Heart is able to respond, people live.”
Speed is of the essence. So is your support.
Note: Heart to Heart International is also following Isaac’s movement as it pushes into the Gulf of Mexico. HHI is planning a mobilization to the Gulf Coast, as needed, possibly consisting of humanitarian relief supplies, medical aid and our Mobile Medical Unit.
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