October 4, 2016
By Simon Chambers
Hurricane Matthew is the strongest storm to hit Haiti in almost a decade. The nation, still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake, has been battered by this storm with winds near 220km/h. The storm has triggered flash flooding and mudslides, and has destroyed houses and roads.
PWRDF has announced an initial grant of $15,000 through the ACT Alliance for relief efforts to support communities affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. ACT members have already been preparing for the storm, helping to evacuate vulnerable people, preparing hygiene and shelter kits for those displaced by the storm, and distributing food to those in need.
Once the storm moves away from Haiti, further needs will be identified and work will begin to rebuild homes and livelihoods, and to provide shelter and support while that work is done.
PWRDF is monitoring Matthew as it tracks towards Cuba, where Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio of the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba has been making preparations for its arrival. In response to PWRDF’s message of solidarity, she wrote:
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus:
I am writing this message in pre-Hurricane Mateo in the East of Cuba hours. News of its pathway indicate that affect that region of our island as well as those in Haiti and Jamaica.
The authorities of our country, both national and local are making extensive efforts to preserve human lives, especially to the citizens vulnerable locations as well as safeguarding material goods. For our part, clerics and members of our churches in the region are offering their help and serving in the distribution of purified water to the people and everything within reach. In the Diocesan Office we are releasing previous funds and coordinating further aid. We all know that the dimensions and extent of hurricane intensity are such that the consequences will be of great impact for the population in all dimensions.
We ask you for your prayers and support in this situation. If we are certain that we are not alone, we can also have confidence and hope in the recovery. Please accept our gratitude and love.
We also thank all the brothers and sisters who have written to us from the outside offering their solidarity, love and encouragement.
We pray to our Creator God through His Son Jesus Christ, protect the lives of people and give strength in the time of recovery.
Thank you for your attention to this message, God bless their lives and ministries.
In His Grace and His Peace,
+ Griselda Delgado