Hurricane Matthew Haiti Relief Fund
Your donation to the Hurricane Matthew Haiti Relief Fund will contribute to the reconstruction efforts of the YouthBuild Training Center and Facilities in Les Cayes, Haiti. YouthBuild International (YBI) and its in-country partner, IDEJEN, have worked together in Haiti for 10 years and are now asking for your support to rebuild the facilities and engage the most marginalized young people in Haiti to play a role in the process.
Hurricane Matthew, the strongest Caribbean storm in a decade, struck southwestern Haiti on October 4th, 2016 leaving in its wake the widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure. The hurricane, which resulted in the deaths of over 900 people, has left thousands of Haitians displaced and in need of humanitarian aid. Hurricane Matthew nearly or completely destroyed around 200,000 homes, with some towns losing as much as 80-90% of their houses to the storm’s 140-miles-per-hour winds. Experts are estimating the cost of rebuilding Haiti at almost $2 billion.
At the time of landfall, Haiti was still in the process of recovering from the devastation of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that impacted the country in 2010, resulting in over 200,000 deaths, and some 895,000 Haitians left homeless. This new disaster has severely impeded the ongoing emergency response to the earthquake around the country, and magnified the need for aid especially in the southern part of the country.
The Hurricane Matthew Haiti Relief Fund has been established at YouthBuild USA, Inc. to connect the resources of those wanting to assist with the rebuilding of Haiti, to the most pressing reconstruction projects at the YouthBuild Training Center in Les Cayes, which was severely damaged by the storm. IDEJEN and YBI will emphasize the use of local labor, many of whom are graduates from the YouthBuild technical training program in Construction.