Sunday, October 9, 2016

PID's response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Recent photo from Molhea
A special thanks to all of you who have donated to our Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund.  We will be updating you via our blog and facebook page should you want current information on what we are doing. I want to emphasize that all of are families are safe. We will email you personally if we have personal information to share with you about your child. 

Please keep in mind that the staff in Haiti is working hard to find out information on each our families. It is a slow job to communicate with 560 families in a short amount of time in disaster conditions and assess the current needs. 

1. If your child lives near the clinic- they are safe and their houses remain unharmed. 
2. If your child living in Cite Soliel- they are safe but we have reports of roofs being ripped off of houses. 
3. If your child lives in Canaan- they are safe-all of PID's house are not damaged , we are working on damage review for tarp dwellings. 
4. If your child lives in Mohlea- they are safe- but this area sustained the most damage as many live in very unsafe houses built of tarps and cardboard and are near water. 

PID will be accepting donation of any amount to rebuild tarp houses and to buy necessary supplies . 
We will be accepting donations of bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and washcloths. Please call the office at 978-380-6132 for physical donations. 

What we will be doing now:
We will be rebuilding tarp houses for those who have lost their dwellings. This is a cost effective way to get immediate housing into an area. It costs about $200 per dwelling, last about 2-3 years and take about 1/2 day to put up with the help of the family. Many of the houses that were lost were these kinds of dwelling but not built with a strong frame or support. 

PID will continue with it's on going program to build safe, affordable housing for those living in extreme poverty . This way, when disaster strikes they will not be left homeless but will be left with a safe, house standing. The cost of these concrete houses are $3500. 

We thank all of our donors for their outpouring of concern and caring for the Haitian people. PID will continue to use your donations in the most cost saving and effective way possible. 

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