ACCI Relief has launched an Humanitarian Relief Appeal to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew that hit Haiti in October 2016. The category 4 storm caused widespread devastation across the country, with the South-West of the country most affected. Over 1,000 people have lost their lives and over 1 million people are in need of assistance.
ACCI Relief's first response partners on the ground in Haiti have provided emergency assistance including supplies such as food, clean water, hygiene kits, blankets, tarps, water filters and solar lights. These much needed supplies have been provided to families and children in heavily affected areas.
As we move into the recovery phase, ACCI Relief is partnering with Lumos to protect vulnerable children. In the aftermath of a disaster, children are at risk of being unnecessarily placed in institutional care, either through separation in the chaos of the disaster or through families losing their homes and livelihoods and being unable to care for their children. Furthermore, opportunistic child traffickers prey on vulnerable families in post-disaster contexts. This has been seen following many disasters, including the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Our recovery efforts are therefore focused on identifying vulnerable families and developing support plans that will enable them to return home, stay together and prevent children from being placed in institutional care. This support includes the reconstruction of family homes that were totally destroyed, assistance accessing education and healthcare again, and income-generation opportunities for the parents. These efforts ensure that vulnerable children remain protected within the care of their family - where they belong.