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On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti causing major loss of life, widespread damage, flooding and displacement across the island. The hurricane, which was the strongest the country had seen in almost a decade, caused significant damage to agricultural land, livestock and infrastructure including bridges, roads, hospitals, schools, churches and housing as well as water and sanitation infrastructures.

More than 1.4 million people are reported to require humanitarian assistance in the short to medium term, nearly half of which are children. Shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, and nutrition were identified as the primary humanitarian needs following the hurricane.

Thanks to your compassion and generosity, our partners were able to meet some of the needs of those affected by the hurricane. Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has provided food, shelter and hygiene kits to more than 1000 families since October 8, 2016.

LWF has been present in Haiti since 1995, helping the people rebuild their houses and livelihoods after the devastating 2010 earthquake. In a joint office with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and together with other ACT Alliance partners, LWF coordinates relief efforts in the south and southeast.

Thank you for supporting the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives following the hurricane!

With files from ACT Alliance and Lutheran World Federation