On Oct. 4, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwestern Haiti, the first Category 4 storm to make landfall in the country since Hurricane Cleo in 1964. The storm has reported winds of up to 145 miles per hour, and is expected to dump as much as 40 inches of rain in the region, leaving a trail of devastation in an already fragile country. The storm has already claimed lives, and has left thousands of people displaced. As the massive flooding and mudslides continue to cause conditions to deteriorate, Haiti’s most vulnerable population – its orphans – are left in an even more dire situation.
Planting Peace has specialized in caring for orphans in Haiti for more than a decade through its network of orphanages and staff on the ground 365 days a year dedicated to caring for children, many of whom have been displaced from other natural disasters in the region. Planting Peace is activating our resources in Haiti to provide much needed support for orphan children in need of food and medicine as conditions worsen. For every dollar donated, Planting Peace can provide three meals or 100 doses of medication to street children who desperately need help in this time of crisis.
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