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Osa Jonmarits and his family were awakened in the middle of the night as water rushed into their mud and stone house on the mountains of La Chapelle, Haiti, and covered them in their beds.
The flash flooding came from Hurricane Irma, a category-five hurricane that passed to the north of Haiti on Sept. 7. It caused flash floods and heavy winds from the country’s northern shores to its deep interior, where La Chapelle is located.
Blurb: When sexual and gender-based violence spiked in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, MCC used donations to help its partner SOFA respond to the needs of survivors.
By Paul Shetler Fast
July 3, 2017
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — When people think of disasters, such as Hurricane Matthew that battered Haiti in the fall of 2016, the images that often come to mind are of flattened houses, destroyed infrastructure, fleeing families and hungry people. The suffering is clear and public.
By Rebecca Shetler Fast and Ted Oswald
March 21, 2017
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Hurricane Matthew hit the rural community of Wopisa-Gabriyèl, Haiti, hard in early October 2016, leading MCC to respond to sanitation needs identified by community leaders.
“There was a lot of damage to this community in the storm,” says Previl Pierre, a local leader and community monitor in MCC’s environmental education program in the Artibonite region in central Haiti. “Many goats and cows died, and whole gardens were lost.”
After Hurricane Matthew, MCC is building latrines to prevent cholera, providing food and restoring gardens in Haiti’s Artibonite Department.
By MCC Staff
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is working on strengthening sanitation, providing food and restoring gardens in Haiti in the wake of October’s Hurricane Matthew.
AKRON, Pa. – From October through March 2017 more than 30,000 volunteers for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) will fill more than half a million cans with meat for people in need overseas.
The volunteers team up with MCC’s mobile meat canning crew who travel to about 35 different locations across Canada and the U.S. to can turkey, beef, chicken and pork in MCC’s mobile cannery.
Blurb: MCC is responding to emergency needs in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince and in the Artibonite Department, where extensive damage has been reported. In addition, an MCC disaster assessment team is working there to determine longer-term needs.
By MCC staff
Oct. 7, 2016
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – When rushing water of the River Gris, overflowing with rain from Hurricane Matthew, washed away Sarditren Dete’s and Antovan Enit’s houses and possessions, it destroyed their livelihoods too.
By Ted Oswald
Aug. 8, 2016
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti —What’s the best way to teach peace and nonviolence? For youth in Cité Soleil, one of Haiti’s most underdeveloped communities in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the answer is soccer.
SAKALA, a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partner for six years, has scored a goal with this concept.
By Serena Manickam
Oct. 10, 2015
AKRON, Pa. – As thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent face deportation from the Dominican Republic, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is offering humanitarian assistance and calling on people to pray and advocate on the behalf of those affected.
By Marla Pierson Lester
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – In Cabaret, Haiti, 24 miles outside the capital city of Port-au-Prince, breezes flutter the sheer fabric hanging in the doorway of Gladys Joseph’s new home. There’s room in the yard for her children to play. And, for the first time since she was sent to Haiti’s capital city as a child, she’s able to have a garden – corn, beans, manioc and okra.
By Linda Espenshade
Jan. 10, 2014
AKRON, Pa. – Three springs in the mountains around Desarmes, Haiti, supply abundant water for the 2,002 families who live in or near the small town, but until recently that didn’t mean that everyone had easy or equitable access to that water.
A ce jour, l’épidémie de choléra apparue en octobre 2010 en Haïti a déjà affecté 680 820 personnes, soit près de 7% de la population, et enregistré 8 307 décès. Depuis janvier 2013, la maladie a déjà atteint 41 701 personnes et tué 360 personnes. A ce jour, Haïti concentre plus de la moitié du nombre de cas de choléra dans le monde et représente plus de 50% de la mortalité mondiale.
Three years after the Haiti earthquake, MCC continues to use donations given for earthquake relief to respond to needs for housing, livelihoods, education and human rights.
Housing, sustainable livelihoods key in MCC Haiti’s earthquake response
By Linda Espenshade
Jan. 2, 2013
AKRON, Pa. -- Almost three years after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) continues to address long-term needs for housing and sustainable livelihoods.
by Linda Espenshade
Nov. 9, 2012
AKRON, Pa. – Before Hurricane Sandy devastated homes, beaches and entire communities in New Jersey and New York, the storm dumped as many as 20 inches of rain on parts of Haiti.
In late October flood waters flowed through tent camps, where people were still living after their homes crumpled in a 2010 earthquake. The Haitian government said Hurricane Sandy killed 54 people and caused an estimated $104 million loss to livestock, crops and infrastructure.
Blurb: On National Tree Day, enthusiastic community volunteers in Haiti planted 5,000 trees on a Haiti mountainside.
By Kristen Chege and Josh Steckley
July 26, 2012
DESARMES, Haiti – In celebration of Haiti’s National Tree Day on June 24, more than 150 community volunteers joined Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to plant 5,000 trees on a mountainside near the town of Desarmes, 93 miles northeast of the capital of Port-au-Prince.
Dec. 16, 2011
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — In a matter of seconds, the January 2010 earthquake made Elumene Charles’ modest, concrete home inhabitable. She lost nearly everything.
Until recently, Charles was one of more than a million Haitians who over the past two years have been living in transitional housing, often in tent camps. About 600,000 people still live in crowded tent camps or temporary homes not made to last more than a few months.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — With dignified humility, Edouarnus Estivil calls himself a direct victim of the January 2010 earthquake. It destroyed his Port-au-Prince home. It paralyzed his sister, and it killed his mother, the head of his household.
The earthquake, it seems, altered his life forever. A year later, his life was altered once again — by a trauma-healing training.
Dec. 16, 2011
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Nearly two years after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, about $9 million of Mennonite Central Committee’s $16 million disaster response funds have been spent and allocated on projects to revitalize Haitians’ lives.
The remaining $7 million, including funding from the Canadian government, will be dispersed over the next three years. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funding will be used to develop an agriculture trade school in Desarmes and a village and livelihoods co-op for 100 displaced families in Caberet.
Blurb: Crew set to embark on annual meat canning effort following late summer trip to Haiti where meat was previously sent.
By Ed Nyce
Oct. 21, 2011 AKRON, Pa. – During a late-summer visit to Haiti, Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) meat canning crew saw the three time-honored priorities of MCC’s work – relief, development and peace – in action.
MCC East Coast supports efforts to assist Haitian immigrants seeking permission to live and work legally in the U.S.
By Marla Pierson Lester
May 27, 2011
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In a small storefront beside the First Haitian Church of the Brethren on Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) East Coast immigration counselor Sara Mateo-Deo, of Elmont, N.Y., leans toward client Emmanuel Limonta, flipping through the thick sheaf of documents he has brought.