Hurricane Matthew Update

October 7, 2016

Dear Friends,

Wednesday evening I spoke with Sr. Claudette of the Sisters of Saint Antoine in Fondwa. She was thankful to report that the children of Fatima House Orphanage and the sisters in their community are all safe; there was no loss of life in Fondwa. However, the plywood dormitory the Sisters have been living in since the earthquake was destroyed, as was their small chapel!

Said Sr. Claudette, “We are blessed.  The children are okay.  Everyone is okay. But we have lost everything. The Sisters’ house is gone. The congo beans and the gardens are gone. The trees are gone”. She also reported that loss of crops and trees is widespread.

Fr. Joseph of the Asosasyon Peyizan Fondwa (APF) reported last night that the loss of crops in Fondwa is devastating and widespread and will impact food security for the next several months. Many farmers have lost their homes and their animals, as well. Youth lost their gathering place and the cultural center was destroyed. Said Fr. Joseph, “The situation in Fondwa is not much different than the way it was after the earthquake of January 12, 2010.”

In our partner community of Deslandes, far from the hard-hit coastal area, we are glad to report that there was little in the way of damage to homes or crops.

Similarly, Marie Blaise director of Maison des Enfants Handicape, located in Port au Prince, reports that the children and staff made it safely through the hurricane. And Berteau Zephir, who is developing an Elders and Disabled Children’s Center in Jacsonville, reported that the storm had little effect in their area.

Now that the storm has passed, we can see that our friends in Fondwa have experienced the greatest setbacks of all our partners.

The people of Fondwa need your help.

Please donate to Partners in Progress to help the rebuilding and recovery efforts in Fondwa.

As always, thank you for your continued support of our work.

Kind regards,


Michael Neumann
Executive Director


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