Even the strongest Atlantic hurricane in nearly a decade was overshadowed by the weekend turmoil in the US presidential election. But while the storm has subsided, Christian humanitarian groups are still busy grappling with the aftermath.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, more than 1,200 children sponsored by Compassion International in Haiti were moved to a new location after their homes were damaged. The Category 4 storm also shut down more than a quarter of Compassion’s 270 child development centers: of the 73 that were temporarily closed, 66 were significantly damaged or destroyed.
One child sponsored by Compassion was killed, among the 473 officially reported deaths of Haitians. (Other sources report as many as 1,000 were killed.) Another Compassion child is missing, and three are seriously injured, the humanitarian organization reported.
“Our primary short-term priorities after partial assessment of the hurricane’s impact include providing children and their families with food, security, and shelter, and to clean up and repair our church partner facilities in order to resume operation as quickly as possible,” stated Guilbaud Saint-Cyr, Compassion Haiti’s country director.
Compassion and other Christian humanitarian groups moved quickly in response to Hurricane Matthew.