Hurricane Matthew Update #17

by Cherie Abbanat January 16, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Update #17

December 23, 2016

Dear Friends,

As 2016 comes to a close, it's been nothing short of a whirlwind of activity and emotions post hurricane Matthew; so much destruction of property, so much crop and livestock loss, deep disappointments, and so many changes.  And, yet, so much hope, so much learning about rebuilding homes, buying livestock, and, most importantly, learning about the depth of poverty.  One underlying lesson for me has been: the most vulnerable among us tend to be the hardest hit during disasters.  We need to do more to protect the most vulnerable in all of our communities.  

Here are a few stories of lives touched by you (and a few animals named for and by you)...

Janice (above), one of our best sewers, has experienced a series of tragedies, losing her older daughter in a motorcycle accident last year, and then learning that her younger daughter (right) is both physically and mentally handicapped.  When we found out that she lost her donkey during hurricane Matthew, we knew we had to help.  The loss of the donkey was problematic for her because she uses the donkey to help transport her and her daughter.  A generous donor stepped up to purchase this donkey (named Miot), for Janice and her family...  

 

Mimosa's (above) was hit especially hard by the hurricane, losing part of her roof, a pig and goats.  A generous donor asked how she could help.  With funds we received, we were able to buy her a goat and a pig and help fix her roof.  The secret of this goat is that we think it might be pregnant and, if it is, mimose may soon have more goats to tend.  Oh, and we named her Laren, meaning "The Queen", (after our founder).

Lemene (below) had severe roof damage, and lost chickens and goats.  Look at her reaction when we told her we named her goats Lulu and Morris.

Lemene receives her new goats Lulu and Morris

Here is a note from our women artisans to you and your families.. 

"Thank you for the gifts. The small grants ($25) we used to replace cooking stoves, buy clean water, and buy food. The aquatabs we used to clean the water.  The donations of tin and nails we used to fix our roofs, and the animals are eggs, meat, and savings accounts.  We sell the goats later to pay for school fees for our children."  
In short, your gifts are so much more than gifts.  Your gifts speak loudly to the women about your support, your care for their wellbeing, and your ability to help many avoid slipping more deeply into extreme poverty. 

Here's how you can continue to help: 
1.  Purchase a female goat for a family by clicking here.    
2.  Purchase a chicken for a family by clicking here.
3.  Make a donation to Haiti Projects by clicking here.
4.  Watch and share our new video on our efforts to help our artisans bounce back from Hurricane Matthew without falling into a cycle of extreme poverty.  Click here.
5.  Learn more about our work by clicking here.

Blessings to you and your family.
--Cherie



Cherie Abbanat
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