The situation continues to be difficult in Haiti as recovery begins after Hurricane Matthew. Haiti was already in dire need and at risk for many different diseases like cholera, made all the worse by the devastation left behind by the Hurricane. According to the last figures issued by the government, it is estimated that 1,410,907 people are in need humanitarian assistance, representing 12.9% of the population of the country (10.9M), whilst 2.1 million people have been affected by Hurricane Matthew (OCHA). HOPE worldwide has been on the ground delivering much needed food, water, water purification tablets and other needed materials in Les Cayes - one of the most devastated areas in Haiti. Today our reponse teams visited an orphanage in Les Cayes that has lost 60% of their main structure. Throughout the days to come Wade Cook, VP of US Programs and Charles Ham, Coordinator of Disaster Response will work alongside other relief agencies to address current needs and develop plans for a longer-term recovery effort. Our response team to these hardest hit remote regions includes Danny and Gillian Brisebois, and John Flemming from Canada, as well as Lesly Cadet, Emanuel, Jethro and others from Port-au-Prince. Wade and Charles report that despite the intense hardships, they have been inspired by the hearts and the brave spirits of all the people they have encountered. Your Disaster Response gift can help families recover from this devestating hurricane: www.hopeww.org/donatedisaster
HOPE worldwide has been collaborating with the United Nations, other international non-profits and the Haitian Government
HOPEww meeting with UN, local non-profits and the Haitan Government
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION... October 13th is the United Nations Day for Disaster Reduction! As part of our coordinated relief for Hurricane Matthew, HOPEww staff visited the Village of HOPE in Haiti which was established after the devastating earthquake of 2010. The community is home to about 50 families, all who had absolutely no place to go after the 2010 earthquake. Your steadfast support helped these families recover and weather the recent storm!
Village of HOPE in Haiti: This is one of the 50 homes built after the 2010 earthquake, funded by faithful donors to HOPE worldwide .
Dr. Rin Receiving the Empathy Amplified AwardClick here to watch .
Jenny Harkabus spent Christmas serving in the Philippines. She wrote this, and also made a short video:
I did not imagine that I would be spending Christmas in the Philippines for my first HOPE Youth Corps experience. This opportunity has deeply changed my perspective on the importance of service in my daily walk.
We are created in God's image, therefore we are meant to help and serve others. I know this to be true because I have never felt so used by God and fulfilled, than the times spent serving and pouring out my love in the Philippines.
James 1:27 says, " Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Some translations refer to this as true religion. The bible also stresses the importance of giving to the poor (1 John 3:17, Matt 9:21, Proverbs 14:31). God considers caring for the poor and orphans as true religion, yet this can be an area of faith that is overlooked.
I was privileged to spend time with girls who have experienced trauma and abuse at the HOPE worldwide center in Laguna. Many of these girls have been separated from their families, becoming orphans, as a result of the abuse they have experienced. I also received the opportunity to play with children within the community as we rebuilt their homes and provided them with medical care. I witnessed the children’s precious value for human relationships, as they clung to me emotionally and physically. They showed me instant love and respect, which I find to be rare in today’s society. Our focus should be about investing in others just as the children in the Philippines invested in me.