We are moved by the outpouring of support and encouragement from so many of you during the past couple of weeks. Your immediate concern and extraordinary generosity is a tremendous reassurance to Na Rive. Thanks to you, they can access the resources to face this crisis, and equally important, they know they are not alone.
Together, we have raised over $50,000 to support Haitian earthquake victims. These funds have begun working in Haiti, going directly towards the purchase of food, water, transportation, medical treatment and supplies.
Na Rive set up a temporary station near the epicenter in Les Cayes, and has formed a team to distribute supplies to remote rural communities nearby: Camp- Perrin, Maniche and Cavaillon. Many of these rural communities continue to lack consistent access to basic services and aid and because the roads have been impassable, the needs continue to be much higher than the resources available to meet them. For the next three months, the team will provide thousands of meals to children and families as they recover from the physical and emotional trauma of this catastrophe. Small mobile clinics will travel several times a week to homes and tent communities, providing healthcare services to those in need.
Beyond the immediate emergency relief, we’re working with Na Rive to consider how we can support those impacted by this disaster in the longer term. As the weeks pass, the spotlight will fade on Haiti’s state of crisis, but the need for food, clean water, and shelter will remain critical.
“Haiti is not a country where credit, insurance or bank loans are easy to come by. Most people work their hardest to barely make it here. As we’ve been delivering food, water and medicine to the families most affected by this disaster, I keep thinking how are they going to cope next, once the emergency aid ends. There has to be a way to support them so they can start rebuilding their future.”– Lavarice Gaudin
During their initial trip to Southern Haiti, Na Rive worked with the local communities to identify the key areas of need at this stage. Na Rive is hoping to be able to provide up to 3000 meals per day, assist 900 people a week with mobile clinics, equip at least 1000 students with supplies so they can continue their education, and grant direct financial assistance to the families who have lost everything. With your support, we hope to raise an additional $50,000 to help Na Rive cover these expenses for a period of 3 months, while further assistance and reconstruction efforts take place.
Help us support Na Rive as they work tirelessly to support the families most affected by the earthquake and its aftermath.
As we’ve witnessed after the 2010 earthquake and after Hurricane Matthew, neighbors and grassroots organizations like Na Rive are crucial in delivering immediate assistance. And because Na Rive has a long history of collaboration with local communities across the country, they are well positioned to provide relief immediately, efficiently and while supporting the local economy. As Lavarice shared with me, they are always ready to stand hand in hand with their Haitian brothers and sisters, come what may.
We strongly believe sustainable change must be Haitian-led and done in collaboration with local communities to be effective. But it’s going to take everyone: businesses, government, the international community, non-profit organizations big and small, and you. Together, we can support Haiti as they rebuild a path forward.
Despite all the hardship faced by Haitians, hope for a brighter future and a stronger Haiti remain in all our hearts. Thank you for being a part of that hope and strength. Piti piti na rive. Little by little we will arrive.
With gratitude and hope,
What If Foundation