05 Oct 2016 Hurricane Matthew update – Statement
Official statement – 1pm Tuesday Oct 5, 2016 – Grand Goave, Haiti
The rain continued through the night and our compound was full of now homeless villagers. The winds died down close to morning and by 10:00am the sun was trying to shine.
We put on walking shoes or boots and left the compound to see how everyone had managed the tempest. Our giant metal gates were bent and no longer able to close. Massive trees were down and homes were crushed. Fishermen told us of nets destroyed and boats disappearing out to sea. Roofs were blown off and debris was everywhere. Raging water and thick mud flowed through their tiny homes and all furniture was destroyed. But they were not in despair. They clutched our hands and hugged us tightly, happy we were okay.
The strength and resilience of these incredible people never ceases to amaze me. We will continue to do all we can but greatly need help from all who can give. New homes must be built and belongings replaced. It is our joy and privilege to serve these beautiful people.