On October 4, Hurricane Matthew, a category four typhoon, made landfall in the small country of Haiti with winds reaching speeds of 145 miles per hour and 50 foot waves.
The damage was catastrophic. More than 2.1 million people were impacted, numbers that are comparable to the 2010 earthquake that devastated the small country. Today, 141,493 of the displaced Haitians are living in temporary shelters.
The people of Haiti are not facing this challenge alone, however. Federation, along with its partner The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) mobilized to raise money to address the medical and humanitarian needs of those displaced.
To date, the JDC has raised $130,000 and helped assist about 2,500 patients via six medical teams. Each team is made up of 8-10 doctors, nurses, EMTs, PAs, MPs, paramedics and social workers.
JDC is now looking to send another vital shipment of medical supplies to the country. They are also working on opening learning centers for children to temporarily replace the schools destroyed by the disaster.
Federation and JDC will also be evaluating the long-term needs of the country as they continue the rebuilding process.