UPDATE: Haiti Hurricane Relief
Three weeks ago Hurricane Matthew slammed into the island country of Haiti. Since that time reports have been heartbreaking: over a thousand dead, an increase in cholera deaths, and complete crop loss in many areas. Close to 1.5 million people are living without access to food supplies and the risk of famine is high. The hurricane destroyed whole plantations of banana, coconut and mango trees and many farmers lost the tools needed to plant and maintain new trees. Of these essential tree crops, the fastest growing takes at least a year to start producing fruit, so Haitian food supplies may take years to re-establish. The deputy mayor of one community in an interview with Reuters said: "We have nothing left to survive on. All the crops have gone, all fruit trees are down. I don't have a clue how this is going to be fixed." It’s clear that the need for food and medical assistance in Haiti is great.
Fellowship Aid and International Relief (FAIR) is working to alleviate the suffering of these people through the generous support of our churches and donors. To date, we’ve received $11,500 for this emergency appeal which will be used for cholera prevention and education centres. We are praying for additional support that will be committed to food and rebuilding efforts to support this growing need.
Would you prayerfully consider making this a focus of a special offering?
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