Hurricane Relief In Haiti: HOPEww Teams are on the scene

  • By Hope Worldwide
  • 06 Oct, 2016

Responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, HOPE   worldwide   has rushed to distribute lifesaving supplies of food, water and blankets to remote regions of Haiti. Our relief team managed to arrive in Les Cayes on October 9th with supplies to distribute. A more detailed assessment on the ground will supply important information on how we can best meet the immediate and long-term needs. A second relief team led by Wade Cook and Charles Ham arrived October 10th, bringing more supplies and further assessment resources to inform and enable HOPE   worldwide   as we assist the Haitian people.

Please support our effort by donating to the HOPE worldwide Disaster Response Fund   by clicking on the red badge below.

Situation Report - October 10th:

Hurricane Matthew battered vulnerable communities throughout southwestern Haiti with heavy rain and wind of up to 185 mph (296 km/hr). The casualties are reported to be 877 deaths, and tens of thousands became homeless (Reuters). However, the government of Haiti has only confirmed 336 deaths so far (Civil Protection Service).

This disaster has affected an estimated 1.3 million people (UNOCHA). The situation has created life-threatening circumstances with shortages of food, water, and shelter, and an estimated 750,000 people requiring assistance. Emergency shelters are also needed with more than 25,000 houses damaged or destroyed (UNDOP).

We are honored by the outpouring of support from individuals and ministries alike. When disasters strike, the HOPEww and Benevolence Service Team of the ICOC leaps into action to evaluate the needs and coordinate a global response. The Disaster Response Subcommittee immediately activates a response protocol to first assess the health and wellbeing of any local HOPEww volunteers or congregations. Then the committee quickly gathers information to determine an appropriate appeal for support from local, regional, or international churches, and other key strategic partners.

Within this process, HOPE worldwide’s country team in Haiti reported extensive damage in the southwestern cities of Les Cayes, St Jean, Jeremie, and many others. Bridges were destroyed, causing a logistics nightmare and an inability to reach and assess certain affected areas. An aerial assessment reported large devastation in Jeremie city. Telephones and electricity are not functioning, and most people are outside of their homes.

Picture: aerial mapping of damages in Les Cayes (source: PDC)

HOPE   worldwide   has rushed to distribute lifesaving supplies of food, water and blankets to the remote region. Our relief team managed to arrive in Les Cayes on October 9 with supplies to distribute. More detailed assessments on the ground will be supplying important information on how we can best meet the needs of the people. Another relief team led by Wade Cook and Charles Ham arrived today (October 10th), bringing more supplies and further assessment of the actual needs on the ground to enable HOPE   worldwide   to assist people more effectively.
 
One serious issue facing Haiti is the prevention of the secondary disaster risks of cholera and other contagious diseases that are due to poor sanitation and waste management. This issue was re-emphasized in the recent United Nations Global Health Cluster meeting in Geneva. HOPE   worldwide   has been a member of since 1996.

Learning from previous disaster relief and recovery efforts, we know the people of Haiti will need a lot of support from the international community. In the 2010 earthquake, HOPE   worldwide   not only helped provide relief for Haitians, but also rebuilt houses for families and provided programs for livelihood recovery. We are committed to stand by the people of Haiti and help communities recover and develop readiness for future disasters.

Please visit   www.hopeww.org/donatedisaster   to take part in our effort for the people of Haiti.

HOPE worldwide
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Telephone: 610-254-8800 • Fax: 610-254-8989
Wade Cook, Vice President of US Operations: wade.cook@hopeww.org
Charles Ham, Global Disaster Response Coordinator: charles.ham@hopeww.org

INITIAL REPORT FROM HAITI:

(A report form our partner, Disciples Today) Houses are damaged, rooftops gave way to the winds and rain, some members of our sister congregation have been displaced and at least one church leader couple has lost their home, along with many others who have lost all their earthly possessions. That’s the news coming out of our sister churches in Haiti, as members assess the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the largest hurricane to hit the nation in almost 50 years with a death toll of more than 450 people so far.

On Tuesday, October 4, Hurricane Matthew descended on Haiti's southwestern coast with strong winds and pouring rain, causing devastation and flooding, as well as landslides and mudslides in many of the nation's poorer towns and villages. According to news reports, Matthew made landfall as a massive Category 4 hurricane, slamming into Haiti's southwestern tip with howling, 145 mph winds Tuesday, tearing off roofs in poor and largely rural areas, uprooting trees and leaving rivers bloated and choked with debris.

Port-au-Prince Church of Christ lead evangelist Lesley Cadet has confirmed that there are no reported deaths among the almost 1,000 members of our sister church, and they are grateful. However, it will be a long road ahead, and much help is needed to assist those who have been most affected.

HOPE worldwide  Haiti is currently assessing the damages left behind by the hurricane. We have nine partner churches in Haiti, five of them located in the southern region where the hurricane hit the hardest. Over 160 members live in that region, and many houses were damaged or completely destroyed.

The region of Les Cayes, where Hurricane Matthew came onshore, is one of the cities most devastated by the hurricane. Local radio reports say water was shoulder-high in parts of the village. Dozens of homes were severely damaged and others were swept away by raging flood waters.

“None of the over 30+ members are missing, but they are in grave need. Even the leaders of the church in Les Cayes, Volvick and Fleurette Timot, are now homeless,” said Lesley. ( Click here to see a video  of the church leader’s home that was destroyed by the hurricane). “Please also pray for Varnel and Merry Joseph, and the 21 members in Les Irois, as we still have not heard from anyone in that village since Monday evening, as the communication systems in the area are completely shut down,” he said. As of this publication, communication with that village has not been restored.  

“We want to thank everyone around the world for your prayers for Haiti, and for your love and support in the days to come as we recover from Hurricane Matthew. It could have been much worse. We are thanking the Lord for sparing us. On Wednesday we had a thanksgiving service to praise God for his protection,” said Lesley.Haiti_Map.jpg

Sister churches all over the Caribbean are praying for the people in Haiti this week, and pledging to support them in any way they can. Members from several other islands, including St. Thomas, Jamaica, St. Vincent, Grenada and the Dominican Republic, were all spared the worst as the storm system passed by them on the way towards Haiti. The churches in Jamaica and Bermuda will be taking up a special offering for Haiti on Sunday, while others in the region including St. Thomas, Trinidad, Grenada and Santo Domingo have already pledged to do so later in the month, as more details come out of Haiti about the specific needs.

The lead evangelist for our sister church in Santo Domingo, Angel Martinez, is making an appeal for help for those displaced by the disaster: “We ask that you join us in prayer for those affected and for those still in the path of Hurricane Matthew. We also ask that you donate so that those hurting at this moment can get some relief.”

By Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope 22 Jun, 2017
Dr. Phavarine Menh, a member of the Phnom Penh Church of Christ and a HOPE worldwide physician in Cambodia since 1998, recently inspired an international audience at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio as she became the first international recipient of the “Empathy Amplified” award for compassion and empathy in medical care.

The occasion was the 8th annual conference entitled “Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation” and was hosted by the renowned Cleveland Clinic (ranked the #2 Hospital in the United States by U.S. News and World Report). The “Empathy Amplified” award goes to only one recipient each year and “Dr. Rin,” as she is affectionately known, became the first ever international awardee.

Overcoming the Odds
Growing up during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, Dr. Rin like so many of her colleagues lost immediate family members and suffered a traumatic childhood with a severe disruption in her education. Despite major obstacles, in 1992 she completed her medical education in Russia and joined the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE staff in 1998. She is well known for her humility, compassion and love for the poor. Her nomination was a surprise, and unknown to her until she received the congratulatory letter from the Cleveland Clinic.

In nominating her, Maricel Manoza, a member of the SHCH finance staff, whose father suffered a stroke and was treated by Dr. Rin, noted her ability to “ understand our fears and motivations and make us feel safe. She restored our hope to a place we thought would never exist ”.

Dr. Rin stated, “It is my privilege to treat sick people, to help them have a better life and restore them to their beloved families.” She praised the culture of “kindness, compassion, integrity and respect” that has long been the hallmark of the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE and praised her colleagues whom she felt were equally deserving of the award. She concluded by saying, “Every day I get to go home from work knowing that I made a difference, that I was able to help change a life, change a family, change a nation…one at a time.”


Dr. Rin Receiving the Empathy Amplified Award

Click here to watch .


A Timely Challenge
She received a standing ovation by over 2,000 attendees as she walked off the stage. Her message is a timely one for all those who heal the sick. In her gentle way, without even knowing it, Dr. Rin laid down a challenge for us all: to rise above our obstacles and make this world a better place through empathy and compassionate service.

To help support the compassionate work of Dr. Rin and many others serving alongside her in Phnom Penh, make a gift today, change a life tomorrow.  
By Hope Worldwide 11 Apr, 2017
Susan Correa, a fashion entrepreneur in New York City has launched a clothing line and committed a portion of the proceeds from every garment sold to support HOPE ww  Children’s Nutritional Optimization Program in Central America. At HOPE  worldwide , our volunteers, donors and business partners are as unique and diverse as the families we serve. We are blessed to have passionate people engaging in many powerful ways. Susan Correa, fashion entrepreneur, philanthropist and member of the New York City Church of Christ, is shaking up the children's fashion industry with a sustainable business model and a compassionate bottom line.

In 2014, in an effort to make a better business model, Susan launched “Empower”, a school lunch program for undernourished children in India. For every purchase from her cooper & ella clothing line, Susan committed to provide a hot, nutritious meal. What started as a simple act of compassion ended up as a contribution of 186,000 meals for children attending a school operated by HOPE  foundation  India. Like most successful entrepreneurs, this was only the first step in her passionate mission to do business better.

In January 2017, Susan launched her new fashion line, art & eden. This new children's clothing line is the result of a two-year process for Susan as she followed her dream to create clothing that is better for the planet, better for the people who make them and better for the people who wear them. This time, a portion of every garment sold will benefit HOPE ww’s  Children’s Nutritional Optimization Program in Central America.

As a part of the HOPE  worldwide  Community Service Brigades, the Nutritional Optimization Program will help children with health challenges feel better, focus better and develop better during their most formative years. Susan’s business has committed to donate 7,000 doses of albendazole to cure 3,500 kids from stomach parasites and 1 million multivitamins to help kids rebuild and maintain health. Improved nutrition gives each child the opportunity to reach their full potential height experience healthy physical brain development and fully mature in their emotional and mental health.

We are so proud to have business partners like Susan as we work together to serve those in need. The fashion industry is taking note of this inspiring social enterprise. Susan’s line and our partnership have been featured on the cover of Smallish Magazine as well as covered by Redbook Magazine, fashion blogs and other industry publications ( www.artandeden.com/blogs/press ). 

PARTNER WITH US! To learn more, please email russ.hargrove@hopeww.org.
By Hope Worldwide 10 Apr, 2017
By Hope Worldwide 10 Apr, 2017

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.

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