Two weeks ago, we distributed seeds and goats to the people in the hurricane affected areas around the community of Kenscoff. Kenscoff is a county seat here in Haiti. It covers a lot of the mountain area between Petionville and Jacmel. This area was affected by the winds and rain that came with Hurricane Matthew. Thousands of farm animals were lost as well and 80% of the gardens in the area. We took $10,000 USD and the mayor’s office at Kenscoff asked us to buy seeds and goats and they chose the families who would receive help. After the hurricane, the mayor’s office sent out teams to each area and spoke with the authorities in the area trying to get an accurate report of the damage to the areas. They distributed aid based on these reports.
On Thursday the 22nd of December, GLA staff put together 310 food bags and again with assistance from the Mayor’s office at Kenscoff gave out the bags to families in the Kenscoff area. These families who had lost homes, animals and gardens were having trouble feeding their families. The mayor’s staff suggested a food distribution before Christmas so that families could have a few days of food to help them out. We gave rice, beans, spaghetti, canned meat, tomato paste, oil, milk, corn flakes, and seasonings.
We hope to have one more distribution of seeds after the first of the year. The families in the affected areas don’t need charity. They need just a hand up and help to get their gardens going again and their farm animals replaced. I wish we could do more, but unfortunately, goats, chickens, cows, and pigs are so expensive right now in Haiti. They are always costly but since groups are coming in and buying up animals to distribute to the south of Haiti the prices have gone up more than usual. We will do the best we can with the hurricane funds that have come in and will work closely with the authorities in the Kenscoff area who know what is needed best for their neighbors and friends.
We want to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who gave. The people have been very grateful and are optimistic that they can get back on their feet and start producing garden crops to support their families quickly. We received a total of $20,000 to help the people in the area and $14,000 to repair the damage done to the GLA buildings.